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(NEW YORK)  — Americans are preparing for more ice and cold as chilling temperatures and another round of snow return this week for much of the Northeast and Midwest.

Arctic air is expected with temperatures in the single digits from the Dakotas, south to the Ohio River Valley, and east to New England.

The winter weather is not to be confused with the “polar vortex,” which is a low-pressure circulation that is always present over the poles, according to ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee. During the winter, the polar vortex is more intense and pieces of it can break off, causing extreme conditions like the cold blast many Americans experienced in early January.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for several areas in the Northeast, and temperatures in the upper Midwest can reach near zero degrees.

Cold weather rescues are already underway. In Missouri, firefighters saved a man trapped in freezing waters after he went in to rescue his dog who had fallen into a lake. Indianapolis fire department divers also rescued a woman from an icy river Monday morning.

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