January 8, 2014

In photos: North America’s big freeze

Frozen lake in the USA during North’s America’s Big Freeze

North America is experiencing its coldest weather in years as a result of a “polar vortex” of cold dense air blowing in from the North Pole.  All 50 US states saw freezing temperatures yesterday with Embarras in Michigan recording the lowest temperature in the nation: -37C (-35F).

Hell even froze over. That is, the small town of Hell in Michigan with a temperature of -17C.

As can be expected, the extreme weather resulted in nearly 2,700 cancelled US flights yesterday, Tuesday 07 January 2014.

Like amazing winter photos? View some from Europe's 2012 big chill here

Aerial photo of Chicago covered in ice
A view from a plane window shows Chicago encased in ice.
Hell in Michigan covered with snow
The small town of  Hell, Michigan, froze over.
Frozen lighthouse in Michigan, USA
A frozen lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan, USA, photographed yesterday by Joshua Nowicki. View more of his photos on Facebook here.
Snow shark in Minnesota USA during polar vortex
Trevor, Connor, and Austin Bartz play with their 16 foot high snow shark in the front yard of their New Brighton, Minnesota. It took the brothers around 95 hours of work to build the icy creature using snow gathered from houses in their neighborhood. Picture: GLEN STUBBE/AP
Mist rises from Lake Michigan
Mist rises from Lake Michigan as temperatures dip well below zero in ChicagoPicture: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Woman skis to work during polar vortex
Alison Mueller skis to work through several inches of snow along Woodward Avenue in DetroitPicture: Joshua Lott/Getty Images
Icicles hang from man's snow covered beard
Lee Tuttle, 66, takes a break from blowing snow off of his driveway to pose for a portrait at his home on Miller Road in Flint, Michigan. Picture: MICHELLE TESSIER/AP
Snow covered cars at Indianapolis International Airport
A woman walks back to her car in the long term parking lot at Indianapolis International Airport. Picture: AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star/Joe Vitti
Fog drifts across Chicago skyline
The Chicago skyline sits as a backdrop as fog drifts across Monroe Harbor. Picture: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP
Person walking through snow storm in St Louis
A person struggles to cross a street during a snowstorm in St. Louis. Picture: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
View more photos of the "polar vortex" on the Daily Mail, Telegraph and Joshua Nowicki's Facebook page.
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