(Updates with forecast for U.S. South, Southeast and Midwest
along with school, government and Amtrak cancellations for
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO Jan 27 Bitter cold and high winds from
the arctic pushed wind chills to dangerous levels across the
U.S. upper Midwest on Monday, forcing officials to close schools
and slowing public transit and river traffic.
A winter storm system is forecast to move through the U.S.
South on Tuesday, bringing snow, freezing rain and high winds as
bitter cold temperatures continue in the Midwest, according to
the National Weather Service.
Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and other parts of the upper
Midwest are forecast to have a second consecutive day of subzero
highs on Tuesday, while most of the Northeast will see highs in
the single digits and teens on Tuesday and Wednesday, according
National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Krein blamed
the weather on a surge of arctic high pressure out of Canada
that has spread over the upper Midwest and central plains.
Even weather-hardy Midwesterners expressed weariness on
Monday with the sub-zero cold snap, the second this month.
"I'm real sick of it," said Romik Stewart, 20, who was
waiting for a bus in Milwaukee to go to his job at a fast food
restaurant. "I've had enough of this already. It's too much."
The weather will force schools to close on Tuesday in New
Orleans, Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee, and government
offices in Indianapolis, Galveston and Milwaukee County will
also be closed.
Tulane University in New Orleans, University of Michigan in
Ann Arbor, and The Ohio State University in Columbus have
canceled classes ahead of Tuesday's storm.
Amtrak has also canceled a number of train routes in and out
of Chicago on Tuesday because of the frigid weather conditions.
For much of the South, a winter storm warning will be in
effect on Tuesday, including in New Orleans where winds will
gust and ice and snow will accumulate on the roads, making
travel hazardous, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy snow was expected beginning on Tuesday across eastern
North Carolina, while coastal South Carolina will get rare ice
accumulation with some snow and temperatures will be below
freezing on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service
The frigid temperatures also were causing ice to accumulate
on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, slowing the movement of
grain barges to the U.S. Gulf, according to Drew Lerner, a
meteorologist at World Weather Inc.
"I'm very ready for the spring," said 18-year-old Caroline
Burns, a student at Marquette University in Milwaukee, as she
walked from her residence hall to class.
Nearly 900 flights have been canceled within, into and out
of the United States on Monday, according to FlightAware.com,
which tracks flights.
Wind gusts of up to 35 mph (56 km) knocked down power lines
in the Dallas-Forth Worth area in Texas and temperatures were
expected to fall into the 20s overnight from highs in the 60s
and 70s over the weekend, the weather service said.
In Alaska, the roughly 4,000 residents of Valdez remained
cut off to road traffic from the rest of the state Monday after
weekend avalanches blocked the road to the coastal town,
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by Brendan
O'Brien in Milwaukee, Julie Ingwersen in Chicago, David Bailey
in Minneapolis, Kim Palmer in Cleveland, Colleen Jenkins in
Winston-Salem, N.C., Harriet McLeod in Charleston, S.C., and
Karen Brooks in Austin; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Ken Wills)