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Jan 31, 2019

Polar vortex freezes U.S. Midwest

Polar vortex freezes U.S. Midwest

Two-thirds of the continental United States turns into a frozen ice box, as the so-called polar vortex of frigid arctic air spins across the U.S. Midwest.

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Frozen Lake Michigan is pictured in St. Joseph, Michigan Social Media/Joshua Nowicki via REUTERS

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Frozen Lake Michigan is pictured in St. Joseph, Michigan Social Media/Joshua Nowicki via REUTERS

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Frozen Lake Michigan is pictured in St. Joseph, Michigan Social Media/Joshua Nowicki via REUTERS

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Frozen Lake Michigan is pictured in St. Joseph, Michigan Social Media/Joshua Nowicki via REUTERS

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Frozen Lake Michigan is pictured in St. Joseph, Michigan Social Media/Joshua Nowicki via REUTERS

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A student is dressed for subzero temperatures at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Eric Miller/REUTERS

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A student reacts to subzero temperatures at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Eric Miller/REUTERS

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Students huddle in subzero temperature windchill at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis Eric Miller/REUTERS

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Icebreaker tugboat breaks ice through Lake Michigan in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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Icicles form on the walkway at North Avenue Beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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A man walks along the Chicago River in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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A pedestrian walks by Chicago River in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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A pedestrian stops to take a photo by Chicago River as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States Stringer ./REUTERS

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Pedestrians cross the street at rush hour as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States Stringer ./REUTERS

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The city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States Stringer ./REUTERS

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The city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States Stringer ./REUTERS

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Man blows snow during a winter storm in Buffalo, NY Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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A man moves luggage in snow during a winter storm in Buffalo, NY Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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A woman walks through a steam cloud during the morning commute, as record low temperatures spread across the Midwest and Eastern states, in New York Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

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Steam rises over the Chicago River during subzero temperatures carried by the polar vortex, in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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A man runs by the Chicago River during subzero temperatures carried by the polar vortex, in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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Pigeons huddle together in the snow during a winter storm in Buffalo, NY Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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Passengers bundled up against the subzero temperatures carried by a polar vortex, get off a commuter train in Chicago Stringer ./REUTERS

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Workers shovel at the entrance to City Hall in whiteout conditions during winter storm in Buffalo, NY Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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Man crosses a street in whiteout conditions during a winter storm in Buffalo, NY Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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Handout photo of a satellite image taken over the Great Lakes showing rows of cumulus clouds also known as "cloud streets" streaming over the lakes' surface, caused by the frigid weather Handout ./REUTERS

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NOAA satellite image of extreme cold weather phenomenon called the polar vortex over the U.S. Midwest and Great Lakes regions NOAA NOAA/REUTERS

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A woman walks through snowstorm in Times Square, as record low temperatures spread across the Midwest and Eastern states, in New York Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

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A woman shields herself as she walks through snowstorm in Times Square, as record low temperatures spread across the Midwest and Eastern states, in New York Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

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A woman uses her phone to take photos during a snowstorm in Times Square, as record low temperatures spread across the Midwest and Eastern states, in New York Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

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Man cross-country skis down sidewalk during a winter storm in Buffalo, New York Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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Vehicle passes through Lincoln Parkway during a winter storm in Buffalo, New York Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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A woman walks in street after a winter storm in Buffalo, New York Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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Man digs fort in the snow during a winter storm in Buffalo, New York Lindsay DeDario/REUTERS

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