Polar Vortex Leads to Historic Lows, Service Disruptions Throughout the Midwest

The painfully cold weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze eased up before February 1st, though temperatures could still tumble to record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out.

Record-breaking cold hit many areas of the Midwest early in the week, but temperatures bounced back into the single digits January 31st. By Friday, February 1st, local temperatures reached into the 60s, and winter coats were quickly shed in favor of short sleeves.

The blast of polar air that enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, January 30th closed schools and businesses and strained infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze snapped rail lines, canceled hundreds of flights and strained utilities.



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