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Deep Freeze Spreads Deeper Across U.S. Midsection

UPDATED 11:15 AM CST, February 1, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A second Arctic plunge in as many weeks is ushering February in on a rude note from the northern Plains to the Ohio Valley today. Adding a bit of salt into the wound is gusty winds, bringing extremely low wind chills deep into the Nation`s Heartland.

Straight out of the polar regions of Canada, another major deep freeze has rushed across the Midwest, High Plains and Great Lakes. The mercury is well on its way to falling below a bone-chilling minus-30 degrees across North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, with teens and single digits below-zero expanding as far south as far northern Missouri.

The numbers don`t offer any relief for residents from central Missouri to Ohio, where the mercury has tumbled through the single digits.

Even worse, gusty winds teaming up with these dangerously low temperatures are creating wind chills as low as minus-40 degrees at the apex of the cold in North Dakota and Minnesota. Residents as far south as St. Louis, Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, all saw sub-zero wind chills this morning as well.

Wind Chill Warnings cover western Minnesota, including St. Cloud and Mankato, Minn. Wind Chill Advisories surround either side of the warnings from the Canadian border to northern Indiana. The Twin Cities, Waterloo, Iowa, Milwaukee, and Fort Wayne, Ind., are all included in these alerts.

Those venturing outdoors will want to follow these helpful tips when combatting this brutal cold. Remember, it only takes a matter of minutes for hypothermia or frostbite to develop. If proper precautions are not taken, these low temperatures could lead to death.

Unfortunately, low temperatures this cold will offer little daytime relief. Highs will struggle to climb out of the single digits below-zero along the Northern-Tier. Single digits and teens will be a mainstay across Chicago and Milwaukee through Saturday.

That said, temperatures will be equally as dangerous each night this weekend. Minus-20s and minus-10s will be a staple for Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, with single numbers below-zero eyeing cities like Milwaukee and Chicago.

Though temperatures will moderate by early next week, a storm track dipping from the northern Plains to the Eastern Seaboard will ensure a lengthy period of unseasonable cold.

For perspective, just on January 29, Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., smashed nearly century-old record highs of 60 and 54 degrees respectively. Chicago also bested its old 1914 record of 59 degrees, touching 63 degrees January 29.

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