As a deep freeze grips the US, Chicago will be colder than parts of Antarctica

From the Gulf Coast to Maine, most of the United States is facing freezing and even subzero temperatures this week.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 2:17 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 2:18 PM


Millions of Americans grappling with this week's deep freeze would be better off warming up in parts of Antarctica.

A mammoth blast of frigid air sweeping through the Midwest is headed toward the East, on track to shatter dozens of records along the way.

"The coldest air in a generation is sinking south, with below-zero temperatures already in the Upper Midwest," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said Tuesday. "And the worst yet to come."

The deadly weather has already claimed at least two lives and snarled travel in even the hardiest cities. Over 1,600 flights are canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday, including more than 760 in and out of Chicago airports, according to FlightAware.com.

Chicago could reach a new record low temperature of 27 below zero by Thursday morning. The city's daytime high on Wednesday might only reach 15 below zero.

Compare that to the relative warmth of Priestley Glacier, Antarctica, which will have a Wednesday high temperature of 6 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 7 below zero.

While Hennen said Chicago will be "the epicenter of the extreme cold," its misery will have plenty of company.

Temperatures will plunge to 20-40 degrees below zero between Tuesday and Thursday in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Hennen said.

And more than 83 million Americans -- about 25% of the US population -- will suffer sub-zero temperatures sometime between Wednesday and Monday.

Beware of life-threatening wind chills

The only numbers more shocking than the temperatures are the wind chills.

Wind chills will plummet to 30-60 degrees below zero this week in parts of in the northern Plains and Great Lakes region, Hennen said.

Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency, saying even a brief time outside with exposed skin can be life-threatening.

"There is a real risk of hypothermia and frostbite," Pritzker said Tuesday. "Even five minutes of exposure can have very severe health consequences."

The Windy City might stay below zero degrees from Tuesday all the way until midday Friday, Hennen said.

At least 2 deaths are linked to weather

Authorities are urging people to bundle up, stay inside and check up on the elderly and vulnerable.

But already, at least two deaths have been attributed to the extreme cold.

On Sunday, a man in Rochester, Minnesota, was found dead outside the home where he was staying with a relative.

Ali Alfred Gombo, 22, didn't have keys to the home and was unable to enter after being dropped off outside early Sunday morning, CNN affiliate KIMT reported. The single-digit temperatures that dipped below zero may have played a role in his death, Rochester police said.

And in Illinois, a man was killed Monday "after a roadway crash involving a village plow truck and a pedestrian," Libertyville police said.

The plow truck driver has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, police said.

States accustomed to snow make emergency declarations

You know it's bad when northern states like Michigan and Wisconsin declare emergencies.

"Such widespread, extreme conditions have not occurred in Michigan for many years, and it is imperative that we are proactive with record-low temperatures being predicted by the National Weather Service," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also declared a state of emergency, as some school districts -- including Milwaukee Public Schools -- are closed Tuesday.

"I want to make sure all state assets are available, including Wisconsin National Guard if needed, to help communities across the state and keep people warm and safe," Evers tweeted.

What about the Super Bowl?

In Atlanta, where the New England Patriots are set to face the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday, temperatures are plunging Tuesday.

Georgia state offices are closed, and Atlanta will have emergency warming centers running from Tuesday until Thursday morning.

But despite earlier predictions of up to 2 inches of snow, the latest forecasts show Atlanta won't get any accumulation.

Temperatures are expected to rebound before Sunday's kickoff at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, melting anything that sticks to the roads in time for the big game.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 544046

Reported Deaths: 7037
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Ramsey46957847
Dakota41493415
Anoka37550413
Washington24418273
Stearns20651216
St. Louis16500296
Scott15592116
Wright14440124
Olmsted1260496
Sherburne1031779
Carver956143
Clay769089
Rice7454101
Blue Earth682140
Kandiyohi621879
Crow Wing596486
Chisago539948
Otter Tail535173
Benton521396
Mower447732
Winona435749
Douglas434270
Goodhue431971
Nobles396848
Morrison386359
McLeod383254
Beltrami366957
Isanti363959
Itasca359451
Polk359466
Steele349714
Becker346548
Lyon343748
Carlton324352
Freeborn321729
Pine306521
Nicollet300742
Brown291239
Mille Lacs272548
Le Sueur266222
Todd265830
Cass243826
Meeker229337
Waseca227820
Martin209729
Wabasha19803
Roseau194718
Hubbard168541
Renville168543
Dodge16834
Redwood163935
Houston161814
Cottonwood152520
Fillmore15089
Pennington148719
Chippewa143736
Faribault141819
Wadena141221
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Kanabec126121
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Pope9936
Swift97718
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Clearwater75614
Koochiching75612
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Grant5398
Norman5139
Mahnomen4898
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Cook1440

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Cases: 355246

Reported Deaths: 5797
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Linn20170329
Scott18763234
Black Hawk15468306
Woodbury14792219
Johnson1387680
Dubuque13035202
Dallas1082796
Pottawattamie10627160
Story1024647
Warren549086
Clinton531989
Cerro Gordo519386
Webster506191
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Marshall476274
Muscatine455096
Des Moines439365
Wapello4246120
Buena Vista421240
Jasper406670
Plymouth394179
Lee366855
Marion353975
Jones292355
Henry285537
Bremer278260
Carroll277750
Crawford261739
Boone256331
Benton249155
Washington248249
Dickinson238743
Mahaska223449
Jackson217242
Kossuth211561
Clay208625
Tama206371
Delaware201039
Winneshiek192633
Page189320
Buchanan187331
Cedar182723
Fayette182641
Wright178835
Hardin178742
Hamilton177049
Harrison174673
Clayton165455
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Mills157520
Cherokee156438
Floyd154542
Lyon153641
Madison152219
Poweshiek152133
Allamakee149051
Iowa144824
Hancock142734
Winnebago135331
Grundy134732
Cass133954
Calhoun133011
Jefferson130535
Emmet127340
Shelby126637
Appanoose126247
Louisa126049
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Union123732
Chickasaw122015
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Howard102622
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Montgomery99737
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Lucas74822
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Ringgold53322
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