As polar vortex tightens its grip on midwestern US, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures plummet to -75 F

The coldest weather in years will put millions of people and animals throughout the midwestern United States at risk for hypothermia and frostbite to occur in minutes during the final days of January.

The deep freeze has a firm grip on the Upper Midwest with an AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperature of 75 degrees below zero Fahrenheit reported at Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Tuesday morning.

Wednesday is turning out to be the harshest day of this week in the Midwest as the polar vortex gets displaced from the Arctic Circle and dives into the region.

In addition to the risks of frostbite and hypothermia, residents will be faced with high heating costs and the potential for frozen and bursting water pipes, dead car batteries and school closures.

Wed PM RF Jan 29

The cold can be life-threatening for any person or animal without a proper way to stay warm.

While the Arctic blast plunged into the Midwest following the departure of the early-week snowstorm, the most extreme conditions will occur at midweek.


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