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'Life-Threatening' Arctic Blast To Freeze Nearly 200 Million As Polar Vortex Slams Midwest

•, By Tyler Durden

Using words such as "life-threatening," "dangerous," "brutal," and "unprecedented," the National Weather Service is preparing us for the extreme cold that's forecast to roar into the U.S. next week. -USA Today

"The coldest air of the season will plunge the upper Midwest and Great Lakes into life-threatening conditions," noted the National Weather Service.

According to the National Weather Service, the hardest hit zone will stretch from Minnesota and Iowa through Michigan - including Chicago, Detroit, Des Moines, Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison.

The Chicago Weather Service office has predicted temperatures below zero for 60 consecutive hours - from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday. "Only eight times since 1872 has Chicago recorded subzero highs on at least two consecutive days, the most recent being early February 1996," it announced. 

Milwaukee and Madison also face bone-chilling cold. In its forecast discussion for the region, the Weather Service wrote that the danger of the predicted temperatures "can't be overstated," noting they will be 30 to 40 degrees below normal. "For January, that's incredible," it said. -WaPo