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Deadly blast of Arctic air sends shivers through U.S.

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 - 01:17

Jan. 7 - A deadly blast of Arctic air shattered decades-old records, as it gripped the United States Midwest and moved eastward. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A deadly blast of arctic air gripped the United States Midwest, and moved eastwards on Tuesday. Travel was paralyzed as drivers dealt with snowy and icy road conditions, leaving some vehicles stranded on the highway. Thousands of flights were canceled across the country. There's frigid temperatures, and then there's the wind-chill. New York's Central Park hit a record low of 4 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 16 Celsius), but high winds made it feel even colder. Commuters tried their best to beat the cold, bundled up in Times Square. Moving south, Washington, DC residents were dealing with abnormally low temperatures. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAUDETTE LAPRISE, WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA RESIDENT, SAYING: "Well, I've got socks and these winter boots, and then I've got thick pants, layers, I've got layers upon layers." Most were none too impressed with the deep freeze: (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAMIYA HICKS, WASHINGTON D.C. RESIDENT, SAYING: "It's not good. This is like the coldest we've had it in years and it's sad. I wish that they closed school because my son is, he's seven, and it's too cold for kids to be out here, babies, everything is cold. I don't like it at all." Power crews were braving the cold in Milwaukee to prevent outages. While Americans in general braved the cold, simply to get around.

Deadly blast of Arctic air sends shivers through U.S.

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2014 - 01:17

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