Freezing weather in United States starting to ease

Freezing weather in United States starting to ease

Weather Underground's meteorology director Jeff Masters said parts of the Northern US could experience an "unprecedented" and "dramatic warm-up".

Some 250 million Americans overall have experienced the "polar vortex" conditions, but southern states such as Florida have escaped the brutal chill. Hospitals saw a steady stream of patients reporting symptoms of frostbite. There are far more people in North America and across the globe who are experiencing warmer than normal temperatures, and the symptoms of climate change can be hard to understand.

Hundreds of warming centers were opened for vulnerable residents such as seniors, and shelter capacities increased for the homeless. A 60-year-old woman found dead in an abandoned house in Lorain, Ohio, was believed to have died of hypothermia, Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said.

One hospital in Chicago alone treated more than 50 people for frostbite. Half of those patients were homeless individuals, while others had jobs that required them to be outdoors. A 55-year-old man in Wisconsin was found frozen to death in his garage after collapsing while shoveling snow, according to a local report.

At least eight people have died because of the severely cold weather.

Football fans can look forward to a high of 47 degrees on Sunday as they prepare to watch the Super Bowl, the weather service said. That was surpassed going into Thursday morning, when Chicago's temperature was minus 18.

The polar vortex that brought many cities to a standstill was expected to come to a swift end with a rapid thaw that experts say could be unprecedented.

How cold did it get?

More than 4,000 flights have been canceled at Chicago's two worldwide airports amid a deep freeze that brought record cold temperatures to IL.

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The weather service reported that more than 30 record lows were shattered across the Midwest.

Cities across Iowa have also broken temperature records.

Classes at Chicago Public Schools remain closed Thursday due to the risky weather. " ... For Chicago, we're accustomed to things getting cold". Utilities appealed to consumers to conserve energy to prevent power outages.

Andrea Cusack, a pharmacist in MI, began using her snowmobile to deliver essential prescriptions to snowed-in residents, according to the Lansing State Journal.

For the second day in a row, the intense cold and windy conditions forced United States airlines to cancel more than 2,000 flights.

Social media has been full of photos and memes showcasing just how shockingly cold the Midwest became.

Meanwhile, the extreme cold was settling in over the Northeast. By the weekend, daytime temperatures will be above freezing across most of the Midwest.

Though Chicago didn't rewrite its coldest temperature ever, both Thursday and Wednesday mornings did break daily records. The polar vortex came on the heels of major Winter Storm Jayden that dumped up to a foot of snow on the region over the weekend and was to blame for at least five deaths.

Mail deliveries were suspended and people encouraged to stay home in almost a dozen U.S. states where the mercury plunged into the negative double digits, the worst freeze to grip the region in a generation. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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