(NEW YORK) — It’s January and it’s supposed to be cold, but temperatures are plunging below zero and are expected to set records across the country as tens of millions of Americans are trapped in a deep freeze.
While the East Coast is enjoying morning temperatures up to 15 degrees above normal, the Arctic plunge is expected to reach the area by later Monday. The deep freeze will continue into Tuesday when every state in the lower 48 will endure sub-freezing temperatures.
Minnesota is expecting to see temperatures plunge 25 to 35 degrees below zero on Monday, which has prompted Gov. Mark Dayton to cancel schools statewide. To put that in perspective, Anchorage, Alaska, will reach a high of 34 and a low of 28 degrees on Monday.
But the wind chill in Minneapolis will make it feel like it’s 47 below zero. The National Weather Service in Minneapolis classifies their wind chill warning as a “particularly dangerous situation.”
Officials in major cities, including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee have also canceled school for Monday.
Officials in Chicago are urging people to stay home as the thermometer will plunge to 15 below zero with wind chills of 30 to 50 degrees below zero possible.
And it’s not just schools that will be closed on Monday in Chicago. Museums, libraries, zoos and even visitation at the Cook County jail are being suspended.
The snow is winding down in the Midwest Monday as the system moves east. Rain will fall from Florida to Maine, but as temperatures drop, the precipitation will end with a quick hit of snow as far south as Georgia. All snow accumulations will be light, with the exception of the lake-effect snow.
It has been a devastating few days for air travel as families head home from their holiday vacations.
More than 2,800 flights are canceled throughout the country and thousands more delayed as of 7 a.m. ET Monday, according to FlightAware.com. This follows more than 3,000 cancelations on Sunday, mostly at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
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