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US braces for record lows in big freeze

Published on Jan 5, 2014 12:56 AM
 

NEW YORK (AFP) - Authorities in the United States have warned residents to stay indoors after a fierce winter storm killed at least 11 people, with forecasters saying on Saturday that the Arctic blast could hit record lows.

A state of emergency was declared in New York and New Jersey after heavy snow fell on Thursday and there was no sign of respite from the brutal chill that has struck since the start of the year in parts of the northeast US and Canada.

One of the coldest Arctic outbreaks in the past two decades is now set to plunge the Midwest close to record lows, weather forecasters say, predicting Chicago could see some of its coldest weather ever on Monday, with temperatures hovering around minus 23 degrees Celsius.

Gusty winds could bring what forecasters at the National Weather Center called "very dangerous levels" of wind chill.

 
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