(AP) — A persistent weather pattern driving bitterly cold air south
out of the Arctic will cause temperatures from Minnesota to Kentucky
to plummet Monday, turning this winter into one of the coldest on
record in some areas.
about 2½ days, actual temperatures will range from the teens to
below zero, and the wind chills will be even colder, minus 43 in
Minneapolis, minus 23 in Milwaukee and Chicago, minus 14 in Kansas
City, Mo., and minus 3 in Louisville.
fact, the National Weather Service says most of the Midwest will feel
far colder than Monday's expected high in the nation's northernmost
city, Barrow, Alaska — minus 4.
Weather Service Meteorologist Scott Blair stopped short of calling
the latest round of cold part of the polar vortex, which are winds
that circulate around the North Pole.
really nothing abnormal about the air that's coming into the area,"
he said. "It's just been a very persistent pattern" of cold
said it's an amplified pattern of the jet stream, and cold air is
filtering in behind a large trough of low pressure. He explained
further: "Troughs are typically associated with unstable or
unsettled weather, and, at this time of the year, much colder air."
the Chicago area, residents were bracing for a historic deep freeze.
Monday's high was expected to be minus 4 degrees, and it could get as
low as negative 17 downtown, with wind chills as low as 40 below.
Such temperatures are expected to hold into Tuesday.
Chicago makes it to 60 hours below zero, it will be the longest
stretch since 1983, when it was below zero for 98 hours, and the
third longest in 80 years.
resident Matt Ryan, 19, was headed to his family's house in the
suburb of Oak Park on Sunday.
came home to steal a scarf from my parents," he said. His plan
for Monday: Dress in layers, carry hand warmers and wear long
said he was a little excited that classes were going to be canceled
at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but that he'd never seen a
winter so intense.
head home in Times Square in New York City on January 21, 2014 as a
major storm walloping the …
sick of it," he said.
Public Schools called off Monday's classes for its nearly 400,000
students a day in advance, as did suburban districts. Earlier this
month, when it was below zero for 36 straight hours, CPS closed for
Dakota and South Dakota residents dealt with dangerous cold Sunday
and wind gusts that reached up to 60 mph. The high winds led to
blowing snow that made it nearly impossible to travel in some parts.
is definitely the most widespread event we've had this year,"
said weather service meteorologist Adam Jones in Grand Forks, N.D.
and high winds in Indiana led officials there to restrict vehicle
traffic or recommend only essential travel in more than half of the
state's counties. And Iowa officials said the combination of snow and
high winds would make traveling dangerous; forecasters there called
for wind chills to be as low as 40 below zero on Monday.
Michigan, snow on the roads and deep subfreezing temperatures
contributed to multiple crashes Sunday that forced expressway
closings. And on Saturday night, two people were killed in Grand
Haven Township in western Michigan because of similar weather
conditions, authorities said.
Alfidi, manager at Leo's Coney Island restaurant in the Detroit
suburb of Birmingham, said the extreme winter weather is hurting his
slowed down big time," Alfidi, 39, said, noting that while he's
been getting some carryout business, the casual walk-in customers
have been staying away.
also said it's hard for him and his employees to get to and from work
in the snow, ice and cold. Sometimes, the 24-hour restaurant is
operating with just him and a waitress.
said he has seen some challenging winters in 15 years in Michigan,
but none as bad as the current winter. "This is the biggest one," he said.
midwest nears record cold as officials issue weather warnings
500 flights cancelled at main Chicago airports
second deep freeze in weeks seized the US mid-west on Monday,
prompting schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and the mass
mobilization of emergency crews to dig out major roadways.
Chicago, where parents were forced to bringing their children to work
or call in sick to stay home and care for them, to South Dakota,
where officials were warning about treacherous driving conditions,
this latest round of sub-zero highs in many parts of the mid-west had
many people wondering when it would end.
moving to Alaska where it's warmer," Kathy Berg said in jest –
though it is in fact true of current weather conditions – as she
arrived by train for her job in Chicago wearing a long-sleeved
T-shirt, sweatshirt, polar fleece hoodie, winter coat, knit cap, two
scarves and two pair of gloves.
persistent weather pattern that is driving Arctic air south was
forecast to force temperatures to plummet for about two and a half
days, starting overnight on Sunday.
will range from the teens in northern Kentucky to double-digits below
zero in Minnesota, but even colder wind chills were expected: -43F in
Minneapolis; -18F in Dayton, Ohio; -14F in Kansas City, Missouri; and
-3F in Louisville, Kentucky.
sunrise on Monday, weather forecasters in Chicago were telling
viewers that the high temperature for the day had already come and
gone and that the low may reach -4F with wind chills at -40.
was the same in Nebraska and Iowa, where the weather service issued
warnings for both sub-zero temperatures and wind chills that could
reach -40F – a forecast that had Amy Henry, an employee at a
24-hour drug store in Omaha, thinking enough was enough. "I just
look at my [apartment] pool every day and say, 'Oh, come on,
summer'," said Henry, 36.
at Donutville USA in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, two men said
they were not going to let a little cold keep them from their morning
cruller. "We're here every day – we never miss," said
Angelo Barile, a 72-year-old retired owner of an Italian bakery.
in many places remained treacherous on Monday. Officials in many
states urged people to stay off the roads, including in Indiana,
where 50mph gusts were recorded early in the day. And in Michigan,
parts of which have experienced their snowiest January on record,
weather-related crashes killed three people over the weekend and
roads remained slick.
Monday, snow drifts kept Interstate 29 closed from Sioux Falls to the
Canadian border before reopening in the morning.
remained difficult in Chicago. Airlines had cancelled more than 1,000
flights at the city's two major airports during the last cold snap,
and the city's aviation department said by Monday morning more than
500 flights already had been cancelled this time. At Union Station,
some early morning trains were cancelled, leaving frustrated
travellers to wait until the afternoon before they could get trains
out of the city.
homeless people looking to stay warm kept a watchful eye for security
at the station, knowing if they stayed in one place too long they
would be moved on. "You have to keep moving around," said
Von Khan, 67, who carried big shopping bags in each hand and a
backpack slung over his shoulder.
temperatures are expected to hold into Tuesday. If Chicago makes it
to 60 straight hours below zero, it would be the longest stretch
since 1983, when it was below zero for 98 hours, and the third
longest in 80 years.
public schools cancelled Monday's classes for its nearly 400,000
students, as did some suburban districts and schools in Michigan and
elsewhere. That forced Kristelle Brister, the manager of a Chicago
Starbucks, to bring her nine-year-old son into the store where other
employees scrambled to keep up with orders.
had two [employees] call in because they couldn't come to work
because of the school closings and another called in sick," she
said. "It's hard."
is far from usual this winter for Alex Alfidi, manager at Leo's Coney
Island restaurant in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham. His 24-hour
restaurant been getting some carryout patrons, but the casual walk-in
customers have stayed away. "We slowed down big time," said
Alfidi, 39. He said he's logged some challenging winters in his 15
years in Michigan. "This is the biggest one," he said.