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US Midwest braces for record-breaking cold blast

30 January 2019

The Chicago Zoological Society said it was closing the Brookfield Zoo on Wednesday and Thursday - marking only the fourth time the zoo has closed during its 85-year history - to ensure the safety of its employees and animals.

CPS officials says they will update parents Tuesday around noon regarding school Wednesday and Thursday.

Whitmer says the order will help address threats to public health and safety stemming from this week's cold snap, which follows a snowstorm that buried parts of MI and other Midwestern states.

All-time record wind chills of near 50 below are also possible in northern Indiana. I can not stress how dangerously cold it will be.

The biting cold has already caused at least one death in Minnesota and IL.

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Evers is also activating the Wisconsin National Guard to assist with local emergency responders, if necessary. More than a foot of snow is expected in some areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Temperatures in most of eastern and central North Dakota will be around 30 degrees below zero on Tuesday night, Schild said.

Extreme cold is expected to cover a much larger area Tuesday through Thursday, sweeping southeast through IL and into the Ohio Valley. "There's no other way to put it than that this will truly be dangerous/life-threatening cold", the National Weather Service outpost there tweeted Sunday.

"A winter weather advisory has been issued Tuesday for the mountains and northern foothills, where the cold air and moisture will likely have better luck over-lapping".

Sat: High: 58 Low: 37 Mostly cloudy; breezy.

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Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker declared a state of emergency, saying even a brief time outside with exposed skin can be life-threatening.

On Monday, snowplow drivers had trouble keeping up with the snow in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where some areas got as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters).

We are tracking a cold front that will bring us rain, snow, and another big cool down. Inland and in New England, heavier snowfalls are expected.

But Monday's snow is just a precursor to what's in store for IL starting Tuesday.

There will be increasing clouds Wednesday, with a chance of snow showers in the late afternoon and evening, followed by potentially record-breaking cold temperatures. Chicago looks a few degrees above its record. These are the coldest wind chill values expected over the next several days.

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Heavy snow and powerful wind created blizzard-like conditions Monday across parts of the Midwest, prompting officials to cancel about 1,000 flights at Chicago's airports and close hundreds of schools.

US Midwest braces for record-breaking cold blast