It's so cold in the Midwest and East that...

5:30 AM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
A car lies buried under snow on Veterans Road after an overnight winter storm Jan. 3, 2014 in Winthrop, Mass. The storm began mid day Thursday and has affected millions across much of the Northeast with heavy snow causing thousands of cancelled flights and bringing coastal flooding. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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The coldest, most dangerous blast of polar air in decades settled upon the Midwest and pushed toward the East and South and eastern Canada. Large parts of the USA are beyond cold. It is so freaking freezing that...

1) People in the country's midsection have gone into hibernation, with forecasters saying about 187 million people could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spreads across the USA into Tuesday. 

2) Cincinnati tied the record-low temperature for Jan. 6 at minus 7 set in 1924 Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Luckily, the strong wind chill and subzero temperatures could be on their way out of the area by Tuesday afternoon.

3) Chicago is looking for a high of 8 degrees on Tuesday. On Monday, the city saw a record low minus 15, and Quincy, Ill., tied a record at minus 9.

4) Road crews are working 12-hour shifts in Cincinnati, treating roads with beet juice because it works better than salt in low temperatures.

5) From the Dakotas to Maryland, schools and day care centers shut down Monday, with many staying shuttered Tuesday.

6) Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana issued an emergency declaration for 29 counties across the state on Monday. The snowfall total of 11.4 inches was the second highest on record, behind 12.1 inches that fell in 1906.

7) In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Monday evening as a major winter storm approached. He urged folks to avoid travel and stay indoors.

8) JetBlue Airways stopped all scheduled flights to and from New York and Boston on Monday. Southwest ground to a halt in Chicago earlier in the day, but by the evening, flights resumed in "a trickle," a spokesman said.

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