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Deep Freeze Grips Midwest With Record-Breaking Low Temperatures

  • Polar air causing dangerous travel conditions, freezing pipes
  • Chicago could see its lowest daily ‘high’ temperature ever
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Chicago winterPhotographer: Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Surges of cold polar air are blasting the Midwest with the lowest temperatures in years, set to last until the end of the week. Temperatures in Chicago could drop to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius) for the first time since the mid-1990s.

“I cannot stress how dangerously cold it will be,” said Mike Doll, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather. “An entire generation has gone by without experiencing this type of cold in the Chicago area.”