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'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 - 01:00

Jan. 5 - As the Midwest braces for the coldest weather it's seen in two decades, forecasters warn the Arctic cold temperatures could be life-threatening. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The National Weather Service is warning that "life-threatening" temperatures will impact the northern and central U.S. Sunday. Forecasters expect the coldest temperatures felt in the region in almost two decades. Officials in several states and cities, like Chicago, advise residents to stay indoors. SOUNDBITE: CHICAGO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CHIEF GARY SCHENKEL SAYING: "These are extremely dangerous conditions and we strongly urge people to heed the warnings and take the necessary precautions to stay safe." The cold is coming behind an Arctic cold front. Forecasters say wind chill values could go as low as 60 below in some areas. Exposed skin could get frostbite in just minutes. SOUNDBITE: CHICAGO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CHIEF GARY SCHENKEL SAYING: "The elderly, the very young and the disabled can be especially affected by extreme weather." More than 2,300 flights nationwide were canceled due to weather by midday Sunday. Many schools are staying closed Monday to protect children from the dangerously cold weather. The deep freeze will head to the Northeast where intense cold is expected late Monday.

'Life-threatening' cold bites U.S. Midwest

Sunday, Jan 05, 2014 - 01:00

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