Transcript for Bitter Cold Temperatures to Ring in the New Year
Good evening on this monday night. Diane has the evening off. It's going to be snowy, rainy and frigid across much of the country. This was the view through the windshield for drivers in the midwest as this system began moving east, blinding conditions there. From minnesota tonight look at the temperature reading, 7 degrees below zero and getting colder. In the middle of the arctic blast emergency crews battling temperatures when a freight train derailed in north dakota. Tonight the map shows the scope of this paralyzing deep freeze moving into the northeast. It's going to be a very cold new year's eve. We have team coverage continue. Meteorologist ginger zee is in times square but we begin with abc's alex perez in minneapolis tonight. Reporter: The city skyline is swallowed as they try to keep those buildings and everyone inside them warm. Bitter and biting, the deep freeze with a tight, unapologetic chokehold over the midwest. In parts of minnesota, 30-40 below wind chills. Man, this is arctic. Reporter: The ice box temperatures and powerful winds, even creating problems for crews responding to this freight train derailment. No reported injuries but officials looking into potentially hazardous materials on board. Across minneapolis, those forced to walk outside, walked quickly, said little and bundled up. What does it do to your body to be outside? Makes you shake. Reporter: This family with their 3-month-old daughter, the baby carrier completely sealed. This popular waterfall turned into a crystal palace of ice, the temperature so cold it's completely frozen over. In madison wisconsin 14 below zero, this shelter quickly filling every available bed. On nights like tonight we just make room. We just make room. Reporter: Here in minneapolis and other parts of the midwest the bitter temperatures will linger and the cold is headed east. David? Alex thanks. They're preparing for a giant crowd to gather in new york's times square, 1 million people. In fact, quite a crowd already tonight. Among them abc's meteorologist ginger zee. You were telling me the coldest air of the season so far? Reporter: We keep saying the coldest air this season. Let's get right to the numbers. By tomorrow morning we're taking dangerous cold for so many folks. 26 below will be the wind chill in minneapolis. We'll see a lot of those numbers in the single digits. I'm standing right here in times square with such a crowd already behind me. We're going to have so many folks enduring temperatures that feel like they're in the single digits or low teens. The actual air temperature is going to be just under freezing. If you can hear me you already have your eye on the first big storm of the new year? Reporter: Yes, tuesday into early wednesday for chicago. An off shore low is going to grab some of that and could be a thursday, friday big snow event inland and some of those areas. We'll be covering this and fine tuning that forecast as it becomes available. Ginger zee, we'll see you first thing in the morning on "gma." Thank you.
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