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The cold front was forecast to hit the Midwest especially hard, with wind chill expected to plummet to minus 50F (minus 46C) in Chicago by Tuesday evening and two feet (60cm) of snow predicted for Wisconsin, according to the National Weather Service.
A blast of arctic-chilled air from the polar vortex brought unsafe, record-setting cold to a wide swath of the eastern United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through ME, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia.
USA media attributed at least five deaths since the weekend to the freezing conditions and a major snowstorm that preceded the blast of Arctic air now gripping the region.
There are wind chill warnings across the state and Chicago is expected to set a record for the coldest high temperature not getting above -14°C today.
America's third city was in the direct path of the harsh weather and experienced its second-coldest day ever.
Unlike most Chicago residents, Gilbert was required to report to his job at a Starbucks located on a downtown street largely devoid of its usual bustle of people and traffic.
The Amtrak passenger rail service canceled all trains in and out of Chicago on Wednesday.
Postal services were unable to deliver mail in parts of Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, the Dakotas and Nebraska.
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The bitter cold was caused by a displacement of the polar vortex, a stream of air that normally spins around the stratosphere over the North Pole but whose current was disrupted and was now pushing south.
"This could possibly be history-making", said Ricky Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Romeoville, Illinois. But extreme cold will on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service said: "These are very unsafe conditions and can lead to frostbite on exposed skin in as little as five minutes where wind chill values are below -50C".
That would meet the coldest temperature recorded in Chicago on January 20, 1985.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said government offices would remain closed through Thursday.
Temperatures in parts of the Northern Plains and Great Lakes plunged to as low as minus 42 (minus 41 Celsius) in Park Rapids, Minnesota, and minus 31 (minus 35C) in Fargo, North Dakota, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Authorities and health experts warned of frostbite and hypothermia within minutes of exposure to the frosty air.
Chicago was turning five buses into makeshift warming centers moving around the city, some with nurses aboard, to encourage the homeless to come in from the cold.
Chicago is also using fire to melt snow on the railway in order to keep the trains running.
Environment Canada reported record-breaking snowfall at the Ottawa airport, where some 50 flights were cancelled, with an accumulation of almost a metre (more than three feet). "I gotta pick up my medication at Walgreens or else I wouldn't be out the door".