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Polar vortex: Parts of US set for record-breaking cold

In Rochester, Minn., where temperatures dropped to minus-27 degrees Wednesday morning, all municipal transit services were suspended after buses began experiencing mechanical difficulties. The wind chill is -54.

Authorities warn people should keep their faces covered while travelling outside, like this person in Minnesota.

"Avoid taking deep breaths; minimize talking", the NWS also warned this week. "The Arctic Ocean - including the North Pole - will probably be around 20 below", said meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Much of the Chicago River has frozen over, with warnings it could get as cold as -33°C (-27°F), with winds making that feel closer to -45°C (-50°F), officials say. "The afternoon highs today...yes the highs...will only be -11° to -17°". It has resulted in risky wind chills making it feel close to -50 for areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Wednesday and a large swath of extreme cold warnings for central and Eastern Canada.

"It's never been minus 50 in Chicago, so we can't really say it "feels like" - nobody really knows what that feels like", Abrams said.

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Cold weather could cause pregnant cows to deliver ahead of schedule, the farmers said, and newborn calves cannot survive such frigid conditions.

In a rare move, the US Postal Service appeared to temporarily set aside its credo that "neither snow nor rain. nor gloom of night" would stop its work as it halted deliveries from parts of the Dakotas through Ohio. Schools were closed. Hundreds of flights were cancelled.

"What we think is going on - and this is a hot topic and by no means settled science - we think there is one area where ice is being lost more than anywhere else in the Barents Sea in Northwest Russia", Francis said.

More than 1,500 flights into Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports were canceled and Amtrak train services did not run. The polar vortex is a semi-permanent area of low pressure under which is contained exceptionally cold Arctic air.

With officials in IL and the Northern states advising residents to stay indoors, dashcam footage from one trucker taken outside Grand Rapids, Michigan gave a snapshot of hair-raising driving conditions.

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Forecasters said the polar vortex is a mass of freezing air that normally spins around the North Pole, but has slipped southward and swirled into the United States.

According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, Charley Lampley died after shoveling snow at in his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In Detroit, a 70-year-old man was found dead on Wednesday on a residential street, a Detroit police spokesman said. A Ligonier, Indiana, police officer and his wife were killed Monday after they lost control of their vehicle on a snow-covered road, and a man was struck and killed by a plow truck in Libertyville, Illinois.

"This is a historic cold, obviously", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a Wednesday night news conference.

"They are life-threatening temperatures, and they should be treated accordingly", he cautioned.

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"This is historic cold", Kalka said as he drove between homeless shelters, arranging transportation for those stuck on the streets and collecting blankets and hand warmers to dole out downtown for some of Madison's most vulnerable residents.

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