Polar vortex `just sort of evaporates' and U.S. Midwest warms up

Polar vortex `just sort of evaporates' and U.S. Midwest warms up

Polar vortex `just sort of evaporates' and U.S. Midwest warms up

"Through late week, expect frigid temperatures, bitterly cold and life-threatening wind chills, likely leading to widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley".

He added the hospital had seen about 25 frostbite victims this week and the most severe cases risked having fingers and toes amputated.

Authorities in MI confirmed two weather-related deaths on Wednesday, including a former city council member found near his home and a 70-year-old man who had been out in the elements in just his underwear.

The deaths recorded in the United States included an elderly IL resident who was found several hours after he fell while trying to get home and a University of Iowa student found behind an academic hall several hours before dawn.

In western NY, a storm that dumped up to 51 centimetres of snow gave way to sub-zero temperatures and face-stinging wind chills.

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Chicago turned five buses into makeshift warming centers that moved around the city, some with nurses aboard, to encourage the homeless to come in from the cold. But many toughed it out in encampments or vacant buildings.

A 70-year-old Detroit man was found dead Wednesday near his home on the 1200 block of Webb Street.

"There's just no way if you're not near a heat source that you can survive for very long out in weather like this", Evans told the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

The brunt of the vortex will slam arrive n the middle of the week, according to US National Weather Service.

The bitter cold was caused by the displacement of the polar vortex, a stream of air that normally spins around the stratosphere over the North Pole but whose current was disrupted.

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In Detroit, General Motors Co suspended operations at 11 MI plants to cut natural gas consumption.

General Motors said late Wednesday it's suspending operations at 11 MI plants due to the cold. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV also canceled a shift on January 31 at two of its plants.

More than 2,300 flights have been cancelled and another 3,500 delayed due to the polar vortex. Chicago was hardest hit, with O'Hare International Airport experiencing over 700 cancellations.

By Saturday, the central Plains will be almost 20 to 25 degrees above normal, the weather service said.

Temperatures have plummeted again today and the city is expected to endure the coldest day recorded in its history.

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"This morning is some of the coldest of the temperatures across the upper Midwest, and we still have some unsafe wind chills", said Andrew Orrison, a National Weather Service forecaster.

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