Chicago will feel colder than Antarctica this week as winter freeze set to hit 250 million across US
Parts of New York are bracing for up to 4 feet of snow and parts of the Midwest, East are set to be overwhelmed by the polar vortex swooping down from the North Pole this week
Chicago authorities ordered the schools in the city to be shut Wednesday due to freezing temperatures in the area, which according to AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams could make it feel like minus 50 to 60. Those temperatures will reportedly be colder than Antartica. "It's never been -50 in Chicago so we can't really say it 'feels like' - nobody really knows what that feels like," Abrams said. "But you can get frostbite within four or five minutes." Reports stated Minneapolis is forecast to reach minus 54 Wednesday morning too.
As a winter freeze sweeps the United States this week, parts of New York are bracing for up to four feet of snow and parts of the Midwest and East are set to be overwhelmed by the polar vortex swooping down from the North Pole, USA Today reported.
Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue on Tuesday predicted nearly 250 million people across the United States will experience freezing temperatures by the week's end, while and an additional 90 million will see below-zero degrees temperatures.
Reports stated parts of Wisconsin were hit with a foot of snow or more Monday. State Governor Tony Evers, declared a state of emergency because of the snow, announcing school districts, government agencies and businesses will remain closed well into the week because of the cold. A National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan, Wisconsin, John Gagan, said: "The intensity of this cold air, I would say, is once in a generation."
Officials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, also warned schools will be shut Wednesday because of falling temperatures, below minus 34 degrees. The weather forecast stated the temperatures are set to reach minus 48 Wednesday. The National Weather Service warned Indianapolis could witness record-breaking cold Tuesday night. Wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero are expected.
A senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Mike Koch, said: "This is polar air. That should tell you something." Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also declared a state of emergency Monday to "help address threats to public health and safety related to forecast sub-zero temperatures over the next few days."
“Keeping Michiganders safe during this stretch of dangerously cold temperatures is our priority. 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," Whitmer said in a statement.