Deadliest freeze in a generation has 110 million people across U.S. bracing for record-breaking extreme low temperatures – as forecasters warn frostbite and hypothermia could occur in SECONDS

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
By Paul Martin

Two-thirds of the country will be a frozen ice box on Tuesday as the record-breaking temperatures crawl across the Midwest
Forecasters warn the frigid weather could be life-threatening with frostbite and hypothermia issues occurring within seconds
The subzero temperatures are already hitting but the worst is still yet to come on Wednesday where temperatures will get as low as negative 50
Blizzard conditions were predicted across parts of the western Ohio Valley and snow is expected from the Great Lakes region into New England
Air traffic in the region is affected, with more than 1,200 flights canceled and as many delayed

By EMILY CRANE
DAILYMAIL.COM
29 January 2019

Roughly 110 million people across the U.S. are facing the most deadly freeze in at least two decades as a polar vortex of extreme cold spins across the country after a powerful snowstorm pounded the Midwest.

Two-thirds of the country will be a frozen ice box on Tuesday as the record-breaking temperatures crawl across the Midwest and forecasters warn that the frigid weather could be life-threatening.

The subzero temperatures are already hitting but the worst is still yet to come on Wednesday where wind chill could bring temperatures as low as negative 50 in some parts.

‘You’re talking about frostbite and hypothermia issues very quickly, like in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds,’ said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the Weather Prediction Center.

Wind chills in northern Illinois could fall to negative 55 degrees. It could be the coldest day ever recorded in Chicago on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Minnesota temperatures could hit minus 30 degrees with a wind chill of negative 60.

Minnesota temperatures could hit minus 30 degrees with a wind chill of negative 60.

The potentially record-breaking low temperature forecast in Milwaukee is negative 28 degrees, with a wind chill as low as negative 50. The current record of minus 26 degrees was set in 1996.

‘That’s 40 degrees below normal,’ Hurley said.

One-to-two feet of snow was forecast in Wisconsin and six inches in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.

Blizzard conditions were predicted across parts of the western Ohio Valley and snow was expected through Wednesday from the Great Lakes region into New England.

Even the Deep South, including Alabama and Mississippi, could see snow. Parts of north and central Georgia are expecting about 2 inches of snow or more in the coming days, along with freezing rain and ice-slicked highways.

States of emergency have been declared from Wisconsin and Michigan, down to Alabama and Mississippi. Cold weather advisories are also in effect across a broad swath of the central U.S., from North Dakota to Missouri and spanning into Ohio.

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