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Brutal cold returns to Midwest for extended stay

Breaking: High Winds and Harsh Cold Northern Plains

CHICAGO (AP) - An unusual weather pattern driving bitterly cold air from the Arctic Circle south across a huge swath of the Midwest is expected to send temperatures plummeting Monday from Minneapolis to Louisville, Ky., the latest punch from a winter that is in some areas shaping up as one of the coldest on record.

Temperatures will remain in the grips of the deep freeze for 2½ days, said meteorologist Mike Hudson of the National Weather Service in Kansas City, Mo. It will be similar to what happened earlier this month when temperatures dropped quickly and stayed low for days when a piece of the polar vortex - winds that circulate around the North Pole - "broke off and moved south," Hudson said.

In cities where temperatures reached the 40s, 50s and even higher Sunday, people will wake up Monday to temperatures ranging from the teens to well below zero. And with the wind chill, cities throughout the Midwest will feel far colder than the minus 4 that Hudson said was expected in Barrow, Alaska, the nation's northernmost city.

The weather service said city after city will face wind chills well below zero Monday: minus 43 in Minneapolis, minus 23 in both Milwaukee and Chicago, minus 14 in Kansas City, minus 10 in St. Louis, and minus 3 in Louisville.

In the Chicago area, residents were bracing for a historic deep freeze. Monday's high was expected to be minus 4 degrees and drop as low as 17 below zero downtown, with wind chills as low as 40 below zero.

Temperatures could remain below zero Tuesday as well and remain below zero for a total of 60 hours - the longest stretch since temperatures stayed below zero for a record 98 hours in 1983 and the third longest stretch in 80 years. It also would easily eclipse the 36 straight hours temperatures stayed below zero earlier this month, when the frigid weather prompted the city's public schools to close for two days.

By noon Sunday, Chicago's school district, which has approximately 400,000 students attending more than 650 schools, said it would be closed Monday. Districts in the Chicago suburbs also announced they'd be closed Monday.

In Michigan, snow on the roads and deep subfreezing temperatures contributed to multiple crashes Sunday that forced expressway closings. And on Saturday night, two people were killed in Grand Haven Township in western Michigan because of similar weather conditions, authorities said.

North Dakota and South Dakota residents dealt with dangerous cold Sunday and wind gusts that reached up to 60 mph. The high winds led to blowing snow that made it nearly impossible to travel in some areas of the two states.

"This is definitely the most widespread event we've had this year," said Adam Jones, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks, N.D.

Snow and high winds in Indiana led officials there to restrict vehicle traffic or recommend only essential travel in more than half of the state's counties.

In Iowa, snow was falling on Sunday and high winds were expected, prompting officials to warn that traveling would be dangerous. Forecasters there called for wind chills to be as low as 40 below zero on Monday.

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ultitick January 26 2014 at 6:26 PM

We may think that we have been around a while, but its only a blink. We are in the warm part of earths ice age. Has man made an impact? Yes he has. Did you know that CO2 is a green house gas? You know where the most comes from? Volcanos, maybe we should plug em, and sink all the islands formed

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Paul Rudh January 26 2014 at 9:14 PM

Global warming hell!!! Not here in Fargo!!!!

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ldyqtee6 January 26 2014 at 7:08 PM

Very cold, but I'm sure those living in the region have made preparations and will stay indoors unless it's necessary to go out. Hope all stay safe.

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koukloudaki January 27 2014 at 12:58 AM

i get it,dont fool with mother nature.

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joez50 January 27 2014 at 7:21 AM

just got into florida with the grandkids from Michigan. Bye-bye cold.

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cjcfleur January 27 2014 at 1:16 AM

Listen folks, our country is run by democratic process on the surface and "we the people" are let know just enough to keep us from revolution and paying our taxes. What we can do is really care about the local things that need help: animal shelters, boys and girls clubs, donating blankets and food. Our Government knows whether this is global warming or normal fluctuation but their job is to keep us slightly afraid soooooooooooo do what you can for your neighbor and forget about the rest.

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matthewjames40.matthew January 27 2014 at 2:19 AM

The rapidy dying climate change cult wants you to believe global warming is the reason for the extreme cold weather we're having, lol!

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rache511 matthewjames40.matthew January 27 2014 at 4:50 AM

It really is a cult of True Believers! No matter how many times their "experts'" predictions turn out to be dead wrong, no matter how many facts fly in the face of their theories, these Global Warmists cling to their position with the tenacity of a dog that has hold of one's pant leg! And they get absolutely vicious if you disagree with them --they demand citations and more citations! Citations, though, from whom? The same people who are consistently wrong?

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jjr526 January 26 2014 at 7:30 PM

On Tuesday, Obama will be speaking about global warming during the state of the union. So will he promise change?

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billcdaly January 26 2014 at 7:32 PM

Surprised this is not being blamed on global warming, everything else is.

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phpoling January 26 2014 at 7:37 PM

It's sunny here in beautiful Northwest for past two weeks now. Love it.

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