A snowstorm is pounding the Midwest Monday as the Midwest and Northeast brace for brutally cold temperatures this week.
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The Midwest may see its coldest air since the mid-1990s early Wednesday.
In Minnesota, wind chills could be as low as minus 35 degrees Monday night and as low as minus 65 degrees Tuesday into Thursday morning, the National Weather Service warned.
Wind is whipping at the Cadillac Post. Visibility is poor in places. pic.twitter.com/AmnU9GA48y— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) January 28, 2019
A snow emergency
There were over 100 car crashes in Minnesota Monday morning, the state patrol said.
The storm moved east throughout the day, from Minnesota to Wisconsin, where a state of emergency was declared.
Due to severe winter weather, I have declared a State of Emergency throughout the State of Wisconsin. I want to make sure all state assets are available, including the Wisconsin National Guard if needed, to help communities across the state and keep people warm and safe. pic.twitter.com/U9fy4FPygh— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) January 28, 2019
It is really coming down in Sheboygan. Another 2-3" likely this afternoon there. pic.twitter.com/0NQ5VSmDKi— Mark Baden (@Mark_Baden) January 28, 2019
The snow then moved on to a chilly Chicago.
Over 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago's airports Monday as the snow hit.
Traffic slowly building up on the Kennedy towards O'Hare during today's snowy rush hour commute. Continuous snowfall expected to result in 3-6 inches of snow across the metro area. Not a good day to be driving in Chicago @weatherchannel #ilwx #Chicago #Weather #snow #WinterStorm pic.twitter.com/mBEuHSPdLO— Tony Mazzarri (@TonyMazzarri) January 28, 2019
A dramatic rescue
The snow forecast
The same storm will head south and is set to bring slippery roads to Atlanta and Birmingham Tuesday morning.
Overnight Monday into Tuesday rain will change to an icy mix and snow even as far south as Mississippi and Louisiana when temperatures dip below freezing.
City government offices in Atlanta will be closed Tuesday, the mayor said.
By Tuesday night the storm will move across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with rain changing to snow from North Carolina to Maine.
Six to 12 inches of snow could hit parts of the interior Northeast before the storm leaves Wednesday morning.
New York City, Washington and Boston will likely just see rain.
Following that winter storm, extremely dangerous cold weather is headed to the Midwest and Northeast.
Several daily record lows are expected to be broken in the Midwest on Wednesday morning, where temperatures may be the lowest in over 20 years.
Winds chills are forecast to plummet Wednesday to minus 51 in Minneapolis, minus 47 degrees Chicago, minus 32 in Detroit and minus 43 in Des Moines.
It's cold outside, Chicago. We need your help now and during this impending cold streak; check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those in need, make sure the heat is on, always safely using space heaters. Call 311 for help finding a warming center.— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 26, 2019
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That cold air is likely to spread into the Gulf Coast and East Coast, where the wind chill in Atlanta may reach 16 degrees and New York City's wind chill may be just 1 degree.