The coldest weather for years will leave millions and humans throughout the Midwest United States with the risk of hypothermia and frostbite within minutes of the last days of January.
Deep frozen has begun in the Upper Midwestern with an AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature of 75 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, reported Tuesday in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The worst is yet to come for other parts of the Midwest, as the polar vortex becomes more and more displaced by the Arctic Circle and plunges into the region.
In addition to the risks of frostbite and hypothermia, residents face high heating costs and the potential for frozen and bursting water pipes, empty car batteries and school closures. 1
The cold can be life-threatening for any human or animal if it does not stay warm.
The Arctic explosion will overthrow in the Midwest earlier this week with the most extreme conditions expected in the middle of the week.
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"Some Midwestern locations will be under zero for 48-72 hours," says AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll.
The toughest conditions are expected from North Dakota to the north of Illinois, where prolonged exposure to the dangerously low AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures can lead to frostbite in minutes.
Tuesday night Widespread lows below 30 below zero will survive a large portion of North Dakota, East South Dakota and Minnesota. Chicago temperatures can drop to 25 below zero for the first time since the mid-1980s.
Wednesday's temperatures are expected to pick up slightly, with highs just below 10 below Fargo, North Dakota, Minneapolis and Minneapolis Chicago. Heights of single digits will tremble those of Kansas City, Missouri, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Pittsburgh.
Wednesday night may be just as cold, if not colder than Tuesday night in many areas.
With biting winds triggering the Arctic explosion, AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures from Fargo to Minneapolis and Chicago may drop below 40 on Tuesday night and stay there at least Wednesday night.
"I can not stress how dangerously cold it gets," said Doll. "An entire generation has passed without experiencing this type of cold in the Chicago area."
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The cold can break records both during the day and at night as temperatures are kept 20 to 40 degrees below normal.
The last low in Chicago was on January 6, 2014, when the temperature was only –
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In preparation for the common cold, precautions have been taken in various states.
] The Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers declared Monday morning all-day state of emergency for dangerous cold, snow drifts and snow drifts. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a similar order on Tuesday morning for her state.
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Residents must once again take care of the necessary precautions all exposed skin areas to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. The homeless should be encouraged to stay in shelters.
"Homeless shelters are likely to fill up quickly," Doll added.
Make sure the livestock has enough heat and the time pets spend outdoors is limited.
Residents should ensure that propane, wood pellets and / or firewood are sufficiently present for the duration of this cold outbreak. In homes that lose heat, a life-threatening situation can occur.
Motorists should travel in the event of a vehicle failure with a winter survival kit and then wait for help.
Also the air traffic is affected because of the cold.
Due to the extreme cold airlines have canceled more than 270 flights at Midway and report delays of less than 15 minutes. Check the flight status with the carrier.
– Midway Intl. Airport (@ fly2midway) January 29, 2019
In the midst of the cold, a long-lasting sleet with sea effect can cause other travel hazards in front of the Great Lakes. Along the surrounding rivers, you can make other jams that increase the risk of flooding in the surrounding communities.
While the harshest conditions are expected in the Midwest, the Arctic explosion will spread to the Northeast in January.
In the Midwest, RealFeel® temperatures will be dangerously low from Wednesday to Thursday due to the combination of extremely cold and biting wind.
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