Freeze is threat to life — and records

first_imgFor up-to-date information on canceled flights, visit the airport’s website.SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The deep freeze striking the Midwest, New England and even the South will be one to remember, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.It hasn’t been so cold in ages — 20 years in Washington, D.C.; 18 years in Milwaukee; 15 in Missouri — even in the Midwest, where bundling up is second nature. Weather Bell meteorologist Ryan Maue said, “If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”Preceded by snow in much of the Midwest, the frigid air will begin today and last a few days, funneled as far south as the Gulf Coast. Blame it on a “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air.“It’s just a large area of very cold air that comes down, forms over the North Pole or polar regions … usually stays in Canada, but this time it’s going to come all the way into the eastern United States,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Phillip Schumacher in Sioux Falls, S.D.last_img read more

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