Frigid, subzero temperatures grip much of US

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Niagara Falls

A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" is expected to suppress temperatures in more than half of the continental US on Monday and Tuesday, with wind chill warnings stretching from Montana to Alabama. See gallery

Snow covers the U.S. side of the Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 8, 2014. The frigid air and "polar vortex" that affected about 240 million people in the U.S. and southern Canada will depart during the second half of this week.

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Minneapolis, Minn.

Ice forms around the face of Gail Davis as she exercises outdoors in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 8, 2014.

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Minneapolis, Minn.

A sign outside Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minn., displays the temperature Jan. 8, 2014.

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Chicago, Ill.

An aerial photo of homes covered in snow and ice on Jan. 8, 2014, in Chicago, Ill.

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Philadelphia, Penn.

Ice collects on the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Penn., on Jan. 8, 2014. Temperatures across Pennsylvania remain well below freezing but are rising nonetheless after a blast of arctic air set cold-weather records Wednesday.

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Minneapolis, Minn.

Children climb into a car before heading to school in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 8, 2014. Schools in Minneapolis reopened on Wednesday after being closed for two days due to dangerously low temperatures and wind chills.

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Chicago, Ill.

The Chicago skyline is pictured through icicles on Jan. 8, 2014.

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Buffalo, N.Y.

People walk down Elmwood Avenue after purchasing items from a grocery store in Buffalo on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

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Minneapolis, Minn.

A woman walks her dog as the sun sets along Lake Calhoun on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Minneapolis. Temperatures climbed in the Midwest and East on Wednesday, where brutal polar air has lingered over the past few days.

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New York City

A man clenches his fists while walking past a steam vent Tuesday, Jan. 7, in New York. A polar vortex has descended on much of North America, coming down from the Arctic, bringing record freezing temperatures across much of the country. 

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Carmel, Indiana

A man clenches his fists while walking past a steam vent Tuesday, Jan. 7, in New York. A polar vortex has descended on much of North America, coming down from the Arctic, bringing record freezing temperatures across much of the country. 

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Pittsburgh

A person bundled up against a temperature of 5 degrees in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jan. 7, walks past a store front advertising a European Wax Center.

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Coney Island, New York

A woman tries to stay warm against the frigid cold while waiting for a bus in Coney Island in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in New York.

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Fairfax, Virginia

Ducks are seen on a frozen section of a pond on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Fairfax, Va. The National Weather Service said the mercury bottomed out at 3 degrees before sunrise at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshal International Airport with a wind chill of 16 below.

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“L” platform, Chicago

Passengers heading into downtown wait on an ‘L’ platform for the train to arrive in below-zero temperatures on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Chicago. Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open.

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Kansas

Farmer Randy Cree chops a hole in the ice while a cow waits to drink water from a pond near Big Springs, Kan., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

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Cleveland

Ice covers rocks and brush on the break wall at Edgewater Park in Cleveland on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. An official low of -11 degrees Fahrenheit broke the 130-year-old record for the date as cold polar air spread from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada.

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Chicago

A woman shields her face as she departs from Union Station in downtown Chicago with wind chills nearing -30 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.  Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed.

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Detroit

Frost is shown on a bus stop in Detroit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Temperatures broke record lows Tuesday in Michigan and residents braced against bitter winds following a storm that shuttered schools, closed government offices.  Lows of -14 Fahrenheit were reported, according to the National Weather Service.

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-2 Degrees in St. Louis

A bank thermometer reads -2 degrees Fahrenheit as people walk past Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in St. Louis. After the area was blanketed by snow on Sunday, dangerous cold settled across Missouri on Monday amid warnings that even a few minutes of exposure for people and pets could be deadly.

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Chicago, Ill.

Commuters make their way through snow at the La Salle Street rail station as temperatures dipped well below zero in Chicago, Ill., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

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Lake Michigan, Chicago

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

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Pershing Road, Chicago

Engine 49 firefighters Pat Galvin, left, Chris Killham and Pat Amend dig out a hydrant on Pershing Road in Chicago on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

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Trenton, New Jersey

A man struggles with his broken umbrella as winds began to pick up and temperatures plummeted in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.

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The Loop, Chicago

Commuters make a sub-zero trek to offices in the Loop on Jan. 6, 2014, in Chicago. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit on the heels of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest, bringing dangerously cold temperatures not felt in the area in about 20 years.

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Woodward Avenue, Detroit

Alison Mueller skis to work in Detroit on Jan. 6, 2014. The Midwest was hit by the  first major snow storm of 2014 last week, and subzero temperatures are expected most of this week with wind-chill driving temperatures to 50 to 70 degrees below zero.

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The Loop, Chicago

Commuters make a sub-zero trek to offices in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 6, 2014. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit.

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Grosse Pointe, Mich.

In an image made with a fisheye lens, Marguerite Johnston digs out her car in Grosse Pointe, Mich., on Jan. 6, 2014.

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Downtown Chicago

A person walks past a snow-covered bus shelter in downtown Chicago on Jan. 6, 2014. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades.

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Logan Airport, Boston

Eli Lopez of New Bedford, Mass., rests his feet on his luggage at Logan International Airport in Boston on Jan. 6, 2014, after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled. Heavy rains in the East and sub-zero temperatures in the Midwest created havoc for airline travel. Lopez said he was rebooked on a flight Thursday.

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St. Louis

Linda Jimmerson of Florissant, Mo., makes her way home in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 6, 2014. Meteorologists said temperatures were dangerously cold and life-threatening in some places.

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Chicago

A woman walks in frigid temperatures though downtown Chicago on Jan. 6, 2014. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades. The chill was set to bear down on Eastern and Southern states as the day wore on.

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New York City

A woman falls on an icy sidewalk during freezing rain on Roosevelt Island in New York on Sunday, Jan. 5.

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Missouri

A motorist drives westbound on Interstate 44 in Webster Groves, Mo., on Sunday, Jan. 5.

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Lawrence, Kan.

Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan., feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower on Sunday, Jan. 5. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning.

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St. Louis

A person struggles to cross a street in blowing and falling snow on Sunday, Jan. 5, in St. Louis. Snow that began in parts of Missouri Saturday night picked up intensity after dawn Sunday with several inches of snow on the ground by midmorning and more on the way.

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Washington, DC

A man in a winter hat takes a photograph inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 4, after a winter storm left bone-chilling cold in its wake.

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Zionsville, Ind.

A motorist helps dig out a driver stuck in a snow drift on Sunday, Jan. 5, in Zionsville, Ind.

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New York

Diego Ramos, who is homeless and lives under nearby building scaffolding, pauses as he clears a sidewalk of snow in lower Manhattan.

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Massachusetts

Ice from breaking waves coats a house along the shore in Scituate, Mass.

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New York

People go sledding in Prospect Park following a snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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New York

Tourists in New York’s Times Square look at a camera to see photographs they took of themselves in a snowstorm.

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New York

A view of Central Park in New York during a snowstorm.

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New York

A New York City bus with chains on its tires drives down 5th Avenue in the snow.

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Washington

Four homeless men warm themselves on a steam grate by the Federal Trade Commission, blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington, D.C.

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New Hampshire

Heavy surf breaks over the seawall after a winter storm, Friday, Jan. 3, in Hampton, N.H.

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Boston

A woman walks her dog along the shore in Scituate, Mass., on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Pennsylvania

Dominic Checchia stands in blowing snow as he prepares tow a car stuck in the snow after it skidded off the road in Yardley, Pa., on Friday, Jan. 3. Forecasters warned that gusts of up to 30 mph could bring wind chills to minus 25 degrees, cold enough to cause frostbite in about 30 minutes or less.

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Portland, Maine

Fierce winds blow snow as snowboarder Garrett Ramos, 20, uses a shovel to build a jump, Friday, Jan. 3, in Portland, Maine. The temperature is expected to drop between 10 and 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit Friday night.

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Boston

Travelers leave the Back Bay train and subway station during a winter snow storm in Boston on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Nebraska

Sunlight streams through the windows of a building which caught on fire in Plattsmouth, Neb., on Friday, Jan. 3. Water sprayed on by firefighters froze.

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New York

A man jogs through the snow in Riverside Park in upper Manhattan in New York City on Friday, Jan. 3.

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New York

Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross Fifth Avenue on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Washington, DC

Four-year-old Jack Burger sleds down the hill outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Jan. 3. Between 2 and 4 inches of snow fell over the capital region as temperatures hovered around 20 degrees Fahrenheit and winds gusted to 40 miles per hour.

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Boxford, Mass.

Brooke Dolan clears snow outside her barn in Boxford, Mass., as her goat, Oreo, watches on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Scituate, Mass.

A tattered flag flies by a flooded yard along the shore in Scituate, Mass., on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Newark Liberty International Airport

Seydi Erdinc, 26, rests her head on her luggage while waiting for her flight home to Frankfurt, Germany, at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, Jan. 3. Many flights were canceled because of the overnight storm.

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New York

Pedestrians cross 34th Street and 6th Avenue under falling snow in Herald Square on Thursday, Jan. 2, in New York City.

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New York

People have a snowball fight in Times Square in New York on Friday, Jan. 3. The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency and urged residents to stay indoors.

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New York

A woman makes a snow angel in the middle of Times Square in New York on Friday, Jan. 3. Normally busy New York City streets had little traffic Friday morning.

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New York

A worker clears snow from a stairway of an elevated subway station Friday, Jan. 3, in New York.

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Portland, Maine

Milo Bloom, 10, skis over a snowbank next to a parked car during a snowstorm, Thursday, Jan. 2, in Portland, Maine. Strong winds are creating blizzard-like conditions.

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Waltham, Mass.

Snowflakes collect on a car window during a winter nor'easter snow storm in Waltham, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Logan Airport, Boston

An American Airlines crew member sprays de-icing solution on a plane during a winter nor'easter snow storm in Boston on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Millennium Park, Chicago

A park crew clears the snow around Annish Kapoor's stainless steel Cloud Gate sculpture at Millennium Park on Thursday, Jan. 2, as snow continues to accumulate in downtown Chicago.

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Chicago

Morning commuters walk against blowing snow Thursday, Jan. 2, in Chicago. As much as a foot of snow or more was forecast for some areas in the Northeast overnight Thursday into Friday, and temperatures were expected to plummet, with some areas seeing highs just above zero, according to the National Weather Service.

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Humboldt Park, Chicago

Ferdinand Barrios clears snow from his truck in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on Thursday, Jan. 2, in Chicago.

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Fenway Park, Boston

Tubers slide down the "Monster Sled" adjacent to the left field wall as snow falls at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Boston

Two-month-old Jack Hsi takes a nap sheltered in his baby carrier while snow falls in Boston on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Jackson, Mich.

A van is pulled from the ditch along I-94 near U.S. 127 in Jackson on Thursday, Jan 2. There were many slide offs and other incidents related to the snowy weather.

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Lawrence, Mass.

A man walks past a replica of the Fenway Park scoreboard during a nor'easter snowstorm in Lawrence, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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O'Hare airport in Chicago

Cars covered by snow in a parking lot at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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