Brrr, big chill hits US Midwest

The shores of Lake Michigan near Montrose Beach in Chicago was a sea of white after a blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, bone-chilling cold to a wide swathe of the United States on Tuesday. The Midwest was the hardest-hit by
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The shores of Lake Michigan near Montrose Beach in Chicago was a sea of white after a blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, bone-chilling cold to a wide swathe of the United States on Tuesday.

The Midwest was the hardest-hit by the sub-zero temperatures, which the authorities say could be life-threatening.

The mercury fell to as low as minus 18 deg C in Chicago, while the temperatures tumbled to a frigid minus 29 deg C in Minneapolis. As much as 60cm of snow was forecast in Wisconsin.

Parts of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan were filled with chunks of ice as a result of the brutal cold.

Many cities in the Midwest have opened warming shelters for the tens of millions of people who will be affected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 31, 2019, with the headline 'Brrr, big chill hits US Midwest'. Print Edition | Subscribe