Threatening cold to bring 'dangerous to impossible travel conditions' this week

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Blizzard conditions are predicted across parts of the western Ohio Valley and snow is expected Tuesday through Wednesday from the Great Lakes region into New England, the weather service said. Later in the week, the windchill is expected to drop as low as 41 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service. Average delays at both airports were lasting less than 15 minutes.

Wind chills in northern IL could fall to negative 55 degrees, which the National Weather Service called "possibly life threatening". A patchy covering of 1 to 2 cm is possible at low levels, although some places will see no snow at all.

Approximately one quarter of the country will wake up to sub-zero temperatures, and Wednesday might bring about literally the coldest day on record in Chicago, with a projected "high" of 14 below zero.

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Most state government offices in the Lower Peninsula were closed Monday morning except for offices handling critical functions.

Heavy snow and gusting winds have also created blizzard-like conditions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern IL and other Midwestern states where officials have also closed schools, courthouses and businesses. Many locations are predicted to challenge their coldest high temperatures for January 30 on Wednesday, and a number of record lows may be set Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Record low temperatures are likely by midweek. Now the coldest maximum temperature record is -30.8 C registered in 2004.

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The city's Monday afternoon temperatures will stay in the low-20s before dipping back to zero degrees at night, the NWS said.

Northern Mississippi, northern Alabama and parts of Kentucky and Tennessee could also see potential snowfalls during the week, the NWS said.

More than 1,000 flights were canceled at two airports in Chicago, a major regional hub and America's third largest city, in nearby IL.

"If you live up in the Arctic Circle, you'd say this is pretty normal". In eastern North Dakota, officials have issued travel alerts because of blowing snow.

Further north, the Minnesota State Patrol was responding to scores of spin-outs and crashes early Monday in the Twin Cities metro area, even before the busiest commute time, because of snow-covered and icy roads.

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