A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Monday into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama.
It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, goes the old saying. For the tens of millions of Americans currently trapped in the deep freeze: It’s not the cold, it’s the wind. Air temperatures plunging into the negative teens, twenties and even thirties Sunday into Monday are bad enough.
Hundreds of school districts, businesses and government offices are closed as an arctic blast plunged temperatures to subzero lows not seen in nearly two decades in Minnesota. The National Weather Service posted a wind chill warning through Tuesday. Forecasters say wind chill temperatures are expected to drop as low as 65 below zero.
Monday’s polar vortex is plunging millions of homes into dangerously cold conditions. Water pipes can burst, furnaces can be overworked, and carbon monoxide can build up if you’re using a fireplace that’s not properly ventilated. The CDC has a list of precautions that can help keep you safe during the subzero snap.
The Minnesota Zoo will be closed to the public Monday because of the expected dangerously cold weather. The zoo’s one-day shutdown follows Gov. Mark Dayton’s decision to cancel all public school classes statewide Monday. Zoo Director Lee Ehmke says the decision was made to encourage people to stay home.
Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all Minnesota public schools to close statewide Monday as dangerous cold looms. Forecasters are expecting frigid temperatures to arrive Sunday night and stay through Tuesday morning. Wind chill readings could plummet to 60 degrees below zero Monday morning.
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Minnesotans are dealing with arctic cold heading into Christmas Eve. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for west-central Minnesota through noon Tuesday. The rest of the state is under a wind chill advisory.
The National Weather Service says wind chills in South Dakota are dipping to near 40 below. Readings hit 39 below in Huron and 33 below in Sioux Falls at 5 a.m. Monday. The northern part of the state has been under a wind chill warning.
With more people flying this year than last year for the holiday, travelers just want to make sure they’ll be home for Christmas. The wild weather hitting across the country has holiday travelers worried, however.
Some cities in Minnesota are canceling weekend parades because of the bitterly cold weather. St. Cloud’s Winter Nights and Lights Parade and Santa Fun Run have been canceled because of the dangerously cold temperatures forecast for Saturday.
Some people were choosing to stay indoors as an arctic blast swept across the Northern Plains, but the prospect of temperatures not cracking single digits had a different effect on the roustabouts, roughnecks and thousands of others working outside in western North Dakota’s oil patch.
Plunging temperatures in Minnesota are making snow removal a bit tricky as fluffy precipitation turns to rock hard ice. City crews in Duluth scrambled to clear streets before the deep freeze Thursday. Schools are canceling classes again in Duluth, Superior, Wis., and other cities in the region.
With more snow forecasted to move through Minnesota over the next few days, the Department of Public Safety has reminded drivers to use extra caution. There were four fatal crashes throughout the state amid Monday’s snowfall, including one on Interstate 94 involving a jackknifed semi.
Heavy snowfall has canceled or delayed school in some northeastern Minnesota communities. The National Weather Service says more than a foot of snow has accumulated in Duluth and Two Harbors.