Arctic cold pounds on U.S. Northeast and Midwest

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Polar vortex: Parts of US set for record-breaking cold

UI police said the investigation into 18-year-old Gerald Belz's death is ongoing but believed to be weather related.

A rapid thaw seemed imminent.

Canada geese sit on a frozen pond at the St. Louis Zoo in extreme cold temperatures on Wednesday. "And because it's so cold, there won't be much of a warm-up Wednesday".

At least three people died in NY this week as a result of the intense polar vortex that barreled into the East Coast this week after punishing the Midwest with abundant snow, ice and subzero wind chills. It pushed eastward and states including Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania were experiencing bitterly cold temperatures.

Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin implemented emergency measures. But students headed back to school Thursday in eastern North Dakota, where the weather was forecast to crawl out of double-digit subzero temperatures.

City crews braved sub-zero weather to fix a number of frozen water main breaks that plagued Motor City neighborhoods.

After about 1,400 flights were cancelled Monday at Chicago airports because of snowstorms, about 600 were cancelled Tuesday.

Tens of millions of Americans braved Arctic-like temperatures on Thursday as low as minus 56 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 49 Celsius) that paralyzed the U.S. Midwest and were blamed for at least 21 deaths. Milwaukee's low was minus 25 degrees (minus 31 Celsius).

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The day's top news stories right in your inbox. The chilliest January 31 recorded in Chicago saw temperatures dip to 12 degrees below zero back in 1985, the weather service said.

Most of the Midwest will warm slightly as the polar air moves east toward New York City, where wind chills plunged below zero.

The CTA plans to operate its train and bus service as scheduled, though delays emerged on almost all lines as rush hour began.

Two-thirds of the continental United States will be a frozen ice box Tuesday, as the so-called polar vortex of frigid arctic air spins across the U.S. Midwest, clips the Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and pushes on into New England. The split allowed the air to spill much farther south than usual. "We've got another 24 hours where the weather will be at risky levels", Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a news conference.

Supplies were strained due to high demand from home heaters and from a fire at a natural gas compressor station in MI, officials said. By Thursday, Consumers Energy said it was "cautiously optimistic" its requests to curb natural gas use were "having a positive effect".

"Extreme weather conditions and an abundance of caution have led Amtrak to cancel all train originations to and from Chicago for Wednesday, Jan. 30, including short-distance corridor trains and long-distance overnight trains", the rail service announced. A siren got stuck, contributing to the bedlam.

Rothschild, the president of a liquor retailer, said he planned on keeping his stores open on Wednesday, figuring customers who were not working might want to pick up something to keep them feeling warm at home. "They were cold", Deputy Fire Chief David Pendleton said. The trains run on diesel fuel, so there's no danger they will explode if the flames get a little too intense - or so says Metra director of engineering John Meyer, who remembers the days when workers poured kerosene on rails by hand and tossed lit matches on them to keep the rails toasty. Horses, sheep and calves were walked out of the building on Thursday.

Speaking to The Northwest Indiana Times, Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball said he had to act quickly after the horse somehow became stuck in the multi-trunked tree.

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