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.
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|A view from a plane window shows Chicago encased in ice.|
|The small town of Hell, Michigan, froze over.|
|A frozen lighthouse in Saint Joseph, Michigan, USA, photographed yesterday by Joshua Nowicki. View more of his photos on Facebook here.|
|Mist rises from Lake Michigan as temperatures dip well below zero in ChicagoPicture: Scott Olson/Getty Images|
|Alison Mueller skis to work through several inches of snow along Woodward Avenue in DetroitPicture: Joshua Lott/Getty Images|
|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|
|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|
|The Chicago skyline sits as a backdrop as fog drifts across Monroe Harbor. Picture: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP|
|A person struggles to cross a street during a snowstorm in St. Louis. Picture: AP Photo/Jeff Roberson|
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