Cold weather forces closure of Chicago's Brookfield Zoo

30 January, 2019, 02:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The Democrat calls the weather "potentially historic". The mercury dipped to minus 44 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 42 Celsius) in International Falls, Minnesota, on Sunday morning, breaking the previous record by 8 degrees, the NWS said in a tweet.

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. He also notes that frost bite is possible within 5 to 10 minutes.

The biting cold already has caused at least one death in Minnesota and another in IL.

States of emergency have been declared from Wisconsin and MI, down to Alabama and Mississippi.

Trump has frequently cast doubt on climate change, especially when cold weather hits. He noted the record heat now in Australia.

The bitter cold is prompting emergency warming shelters to be set up across the Midwest to the Northeast for those in need.

Temperatures in Chicago may drop to 25 below zero for the first time since the mid-1980s.

Hundreds of schools were closed across Michigan as road conditions deteriorated, including Eastern Michigan University.

Some forecasts Monday were calling for temperatures to drop to minus-29 in Chicago, two degrees below its lowest temperature on record, set on January 20, 1985.

Wednesday morning, many of us will be feeling the risky chill. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is encouraging motorists to stay off the roads.

Whitmer says the order will help address threats to public health and safety stemming from this week's cold snap, which follows a snowstorm that buried parts of MI and other Midwestern states.

Heavy snow and gusting winds also created blizzard-like conditions Monday in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and other states where officials closed schools, courthouses and businesses. "However, IMD's extended range (four-weekly) bulletins have been forecasting the sustained below-normal temperatures in north India", said Pai. Corey Brown left his home during a snowstorm Tuesday night.

All-time records are in jeopardy this week as the coldest air in a generation descends from the Arctic into the Lower 48.

Richard Bann, a forecaster with the NWS's Weather Prediction Center in College Park Maryland, said: "This arctic air dumps out of Canada and will affect us for days". By Wednesday, at least 55 million people will face temperatures at zero or below. But with the wind chill factored in, temperatures will feel as low as minus 50F (minus 46C) at times in the Chicago area and northern IL through to Thursday, the National Weather Service reported. "One of the coldest Arctic air mass intrusions in recent memory" will hit these regions and residents can expect "frigid temperatures, bitterly cold and life-threatening wind chills" through this week.

Chicago is bracing for the coldest regional temperatures ever recorded this week; with city officials warning residents the region could see minus 27 degrees as early as Monday evening.


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