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Arctic freeze hits US Midwest with record low temperatures


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Arctic freeze hits US Midwest with record low temperatures

The northeastern United States and parts of Canada continue to be blasted by an arctic chill that has brought snow blizzards, frigid temperatures and more misery to swathes of both countries from the Mississippi to Nova Scotia.

Over 100,000 customers were left without power in Newfoundland.

The authorities have asked residents to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel as some roads have been rendered impassable.

The icy conditions could bring the coldest temperatures in twenty years to the US Midwest before advancing north again, where residents have already been affected.

New York is known as “the city that never sleeps,” but it had some snow clearing to before getting on with the day.

Newly-elected New York mayor Bill de Blasio led by example, setting to work with a shovel.

Over 1,000 flights nationwide have been cancelled, with over 6,000 delayed causing misery to hundreds of passengers. Worst affected were Chicago’s O’Hare International and Newark Liberty International airports.

In Chicago, the mercury is expected to plummet to minus 29 degrees Celsius.

And the NFL playoff game on Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49’ers was called off in Wisconsin. The city reached a record low temperature for the date of minus 18 Celsius, set back in 1979.

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