'This Week': Record-Breaking Cold

ABC's Gio Benitez from Chicago and Green Bay, Wis. Mayor James Schmitt live from Lambeau Field.
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Good morning, and welcome to "this week." New year, new drama. Big showdowns ahead in washington. After a damaging year of conflict, can president obama and the congress find a path to compromise? Or will midterm elections dictate the agenda? We'll debate with rising gop star rand paul and top democrat chuck schumer. Plus, new york's new mayor came out shovels and swinging. When I said I would take aim at the tale of two cities, i meant it. That, and all of the week's politics on our powerhouse roundtable. AND -- THE NAVY S.E.A.L.s' Lone survivor. As hollywood takes on america's hidden heroes, our experts take us inside the special ops of our military. All right here this sunday morning. Happy new year, everyone. And for so many of you this morning is a frigid one. Half of the country from the great lakes to the gulf coast, from the rockies to the west coast, the national weather service calls the temperatures life-threatening. Its record-breaking cold not seen in decades and another arctic storm is on the way. Let's get right to gio benitez in chicago. Reporter: Good morning, george. It's so cold here that so many people here are calling chiberia the snow just hammering us, too. Now that wind, too. All morning long. Take a look, it may look like a gorgeous skating rink, but this is actually a harbor, this is lake michigan. I want to show you some of these maps right now, take a look at just how many cities are being affected by this dangerous cold. Warnings from rapid city, to minneapolis, to buffalo, and what's really concerning these wind chills tomorrow morning, look at that. Some areas will see temperatures at 61 below zero. The kind of numbers that we haven't seen here in years. And even southern cities will be feeling the bitter cold. Look at those temperatures drop. Birmingham, 7 degrees tuesday morning. Atlanta, 6 degrees. And once we reach tuesday morning, we're still going to see some of those subzero temperatures in the midwest. George, it's going to be a frigid couple of days here all over the place. So much of the country affected, gio. As the national weather service reminds us, these temperatures can be dangerous. That's right. You know, that frostbite is the biggest concern right now. You got to make sure to cover those ears, fingers and toes, really, it can take just five minutes in those extreme temperatures for frostbite to set in. It can be deadly. Thank you, gio. Right in the middle of that deep freeze, green bay's lambeau field. Site of the ice bowl in 1967. Thousands of die-hard fans in for another bone-chiller today. Green bay's mayor joins us. Mayor, you look like you're ready for the occasion, all decked out. As gio was just saying, this cold can be deadly, what kind of precautions are taking for the fans? We have taken quite a few. We have been really good about notifying the fans that this is going to be one of the coldest games here at green bay, we do encourage them to use the heated concourse, the atrium, we're giving out hand warmers to the fans who sit outside, as well as hot chocolate and coffee. It could also be treacherous for the players, as well, that field could get rock hard. It is. That's something that the packers have been talking about, it was covered earlier, it's uncovered now, but we play in these parts. I think we're going to be okay, as long as lacy gets his footing, he'll be in good shape. Green bay certainly has the home field advantage with that extra cold here, today, are you going to win that bet with the san francisco mayor? I think we will. It's going to be a good game and a tough game for our packers but I think we're going to win this game by about three. I think we're more concerned ABOUT THE 49ers FANS. And make sure they're properly dressed. I think the teams are going to play their best. Okay, mayor, thank you very much for your time. We're going to washington

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