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  • 1. utf8_encode(Deep South braces for deep freeze as brutal cold grips the Midwest) Deep South in deep freeze as brutal cold grips the Midwest - CNN.com A man braves the snow in downtown Springfield, Illinois, as a winter storm moves across the Midwest on Sunday, January 5.
  • 2. A city snowplow clears the street in an almost deserted downtown Springfield on January 5. With the Gateway Arch in the distance, a person struggles to cross the street during a snow storm on January 5 in downtown in St. Louis.
  • 3. Snow covers a garden gnome in St. Louis on January 5. Anna Maksimkina of Yekaterinburg, Russia, sleeps on the floor at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after a Delta flight from Toronto to New York skidded off the runway into a snow bank, temporarily halting all flights on January 5.
  • 4. Four homeless men warm themselves on a steam grate by the Federal Trade Commission, blocks from the U.S. Capitol, as frigid temperatures grip Washington on Saturday, January 4. People go sledding in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday, January 4.
  • 5. Snow is piled high in front of a Home Depot in Boston on January 4 after a two-day winter storm. Michael Stanton walks between houses covered with ice in the shore town of Scituate, Massachusetts, on Friday, January 3.
  • 6. Pedestrians brave wind and snow as they cross New York City's Fifth Avenue on January 3. Snow clings to the clothing and facial hair of Jerome Williams as he uses a snowblower in front of his home in Roosevelt, New York, on January 3.
  • 7. Travelers wait in line January 3 at Chicago Midway International Airport. Frost covers the windows at the Morning Glory natural food store where a customer wearing a mask braves 0-degree Fahrenheit temperatures to shop in Brunswick, Maine, on January 3.
  • 8. Snowplows clear snow from one of the runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on January 3. Surfers make their way through snow on New York's Rockaway Beach on January 3.
  • 9. Passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at JFK Airport on January 3. Blowing snow swirls as a worker shovels a platform at a Haddonfield, New Jersey, train station on January 3.
  • 10. A plane takes off January 3 as trucks plow snow at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. A man walks down a snowy road along the shore in Scituate, Massachusetts, on January 3.
  • 11. Postal worker Danny Kim clears snow and ice off the hood of his delivery truck January 3 in Bethesda, Maryland. A couple walks across a snow-covered parking lot January 3 at Newark Liberty International Airport.
  • 12. Tourists play in the snow at the base of the Washington Monument on January 3. People play in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York, on January 3.
  • 13. A man walks through the snow as the wind kicks it up January 3 in New York City. Dante de Blasio, son of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, shovels snow outside his home in Brooklyn on January 3.
  • 14. Snow covers subway rails in New York City on January 3. A man uses his snowblower to clear some paths in Mansfield, Connecticut, on January 3.
  • 15. Workers clear snow off sidewalks on New York City's Fifth Avenue on January 3. A man clears snow from a vehicle January 3 in Albany, New York.
  • 16. A truck-mounted snowblower clears a section of road in Dedham, Massachusetts, on January 3. A worker clears snow from a subway station in Queens, New York, on January 3. Public schools were closed Friday after up to 7 inches of snow fell in New York City.
  • 17. A man shovels snow during the tail end of a snowstorm in Brooklyn on January 3. A man rides an all-terrain vehicle through a Brooklyn street on January 3.
  • 18. The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial is covered in snow in Annapolis, Maryland, on January 3. A man plows snow January 3 following an overnight snowstorm in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • 19. A child sleds down a hill in Chicago's Humboldt Park on Thursday, January 2. Children make a snow pile in New York's Times Square on January 2.
  • 20. Winds whip snow from the beach across Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop, Massachusetts. Snow covers bikes along Leavitt Street in Chicago's Wicker Park on January 2.
  • 21. With his dog in tow, a man skis across heavy snow in Humboldt Park on January 2. Dallas Todd, 11, flies down a snowy hill at Lake Harbor Park in Norton Shores, Michigan, on January
  • 22. 2. Snow covers cars in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood on January 2. A man drags a suitcase on a snowy street in downtown Boston on January 2.
  • 23. A van is pulled from a ditch along Interstate 94 in Jackson, Michigan, on January 2. A man walks his dog on the snow-covered Monon Trail in Carmel, Indiana, on January 2.
  • 24. An airplane waits for passengers at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on January 2. A woman walks through snowy conditions in Albany, New York, on January 2.
  • 25. Trucks clear snow off the roads in Torrington, Connecticut, on January 2. HIDE CAPTIONWinter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.Winter weather grips U.S.STORY HIGHLIGHTSParts of the Midwest won't even warm up to zero on MondayA collegiate basketball team stranded off a highway spends the night sleeping in a churchMuch of the Deep South is under a hard freeze warning Extreme wind chills mean exposed flesh can freeze in as little as five minutes (CNN) -- How low can it go? The deep freeze gripping two-thirds of the United States has temperatures plummeting to unbelievable lows Monday. Much of the country will see the coldest temperatures in almost 20 years, the National Weather Service said. Some cities will experience chills 30 to 50 degrees below average. To put things in perspective, the weather in Atlanta and Nashville on Monday will be colder than in Anchorage, Alaska. And by Wednesday, nearly half the nation will shudder in temperatures of zero or lower, forecasters said.
  • 26. Bone-chilling cold to grip much of U.S. Temperatures plunge in Chicago Power failures leave Canadians in the dark Tips to prepare for winter weather Here's what to expect across the country: Astonishing cold in the Midwest At this point, zero degrees sounds balmy. The afternoon "high" temperatures in parts of the Midwest won't even get up to zero on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Throw in some fierce winds, and you get wind chills like 55 below zero in Duluth, Minnesota; minus 34 in Chicago; and minus 24 in St. Louis. The extreme weather prompted school cancellations Monday in many major school districts, including St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. "It's not just a snow event, it's a cold event, and that's what scares us," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said. He urged residents to stay off the streets, especially after nightfall. The Southern Illinois University men's basketball team, fresh off a game against Illinois State, got trapped on the side of Interstate 57 late Sunday and was prepared to spend the night on the bus, SIU Athletic Director Mario Moccia said. There wasn't a massive amount of snow on the ground, Moccia said. Rather, it was the blowing snow that made the road virtually impossible to see. The bus driver decided to pull off the road and get out of the way of traffic until visibility improved.
  • 27. But when the driver tried to get back on the road, there was no traction, and the bus was stuck. "They're just hanging out, they're watching movies," Moccia told CNN late Sunday night. He said the bus had plenty of fuel, heat and food, and the team was waiting for a tow truck. Players later tweeted that they were going to spend the night at a nearby church in Tuscola, Illinois. "Somehow this eventful day/night has led to our team sleeping on the floor of a church in Tuscola. What a journey it has been," Dawson Verhines tweeted. In Embarrass, Minnesota, residents wondered whether they might see their cold-temperature record of 64 below zero, set in 1996, snap like an icicle. Northeast prepares as nor'easter looms A frosty welcome for Bill de Blasio U.S. braces for arctic blast How cold is it in your town? "I've got a thermometer from the weather service that goes to 100 below," resident Roland Fowler told CNN affiliate KQDS. "If it gets that cold, I don't want to be here." iReport: Watch heavy snow create a beautiful scene in Indiana Deep freeze in the Deep South This isn't a joke. Hard freeze warnings are in effect across much of the Deep South, from eastern Texas to Florida. That includes virtually all of Louisiana until late Monday morning, the National Weather Service said. The arctic blast threatens to sweep subzero lows as far south as Alabama and plunge much of the Deep South into the single digits. Tennessee declared a state of emergency as it braced for the coldest temperatures since 1994 on Monday. "Temperatures will not get above freezing until Wednesday night," the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said. It warned of rapidly falling temperatures and slick roads from flash
  • 28. freezing. Travel nightmares More than 2,400 flights have been canceled within, into or out of the United States for Monday, according to Flightaware.com, which tracks cancellations based on both weather and mechanical problems. That's on top of the 3,800 flights canceled on Sunday. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York was closed briefly Sunday morning after a plane carrying 32 passengers skidded into a snowbank while turning onto a taxiway. No injuries were reported. 8 tips to ease winter travel woes No electricity As if the brutal cold isn't bad enough, tens of thousands of Midwesterners are dealing with no electricity. More than 15,000 customers in Indiana, 6,800 in Illinois and 2,200 in Missouri didn't have power overnight, according to utility companies. Chicago opened up 12 centers for residents to seek warmth, one of which was to stay open all night through Tuesday. Libraries and some other city facilities would also be open, said Evelyn Diaz of the city's Department of Family and Support Services. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said 100 warming centers were open statewide. Deadly conditions The plunging temperatures and wind chills are a dangerous recipe for rapid frostbite or hypothermia. "Exposed flesh can freeze in as little as five minutes with wind chills colder than 50 below," the National Weather Service's Twin Cities office in Minnesota said. Over the past week, at least 13 people have died from weather-related conditions. Eleven people died in road accidents -- including one man crushed as he was moving street salt with a forklift. One man in Wisconsin died of hypothermia. And an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease in New York state wandered away from her home and was found dead in the snow in a wooded area about 100 yards away. This, too, shall pass If there's any good news about the biting cold snap, it's that most of it should be over by Wednesday. That's when a warming trend should begin, the National Weather Service said.
  • 29. In the meantime, those in the western part of the country don't have to worry at all. Most of the West can expect relatively pleasant weather through Tuesday. CNN's Indra Petersons, Todd Borek, AnneClaire Stapleton and Julia Lull contributed to this report. 0Comments >>SHARE THISPrintEmailMore sharingRedditStumbleUponDelicious http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/06/us/winter-weather/