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Deep Freeze Shivers Midwest To East Coast

UPDATED 12:05 PM EST, January 28, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Residents from the northern High Plains to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast are shivering as yet another dangerously cold outbreak hits again early this week. Even worse, it is being accompanied by winds that will drive wind chill values to dangerously low levels through Wednesday.

Temperatures were already extremely low this morning from the northern High Plains into the Mid-Atlantic and interior portions of the Northeast. Widespread minus-20s and minus-10s extended all the way from North Dakota to Ohio and interior central Pennsylvania, with the mercury ranging from the single digits to lower teens along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

Add in a moderate breeze, and dangerously cold wind chills ranging from the minus-30s in the Dakotas and Minnesota to near zero along the East Coast are in place this morning. Widespread Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings extend from the Dakotas to the Mid-South, and from the Appalachian Spine to northern Maine. Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Tenn., Pittsburgh, and Buffalo, N.Y., are all included in these severe cold-related advisories today and Wednesday.

Temperatures reaching these dangerously low levels will not only be capable of causing hypothermia or frostbite in as little as 10 to 30 minutes, but it could threaten livestock and pets if they are not properly sheltered. If you must be outdoors, make sure to dress in multiple layers and carry a winter survival kit in case you become stranded.

A pattern change will bring temperatures back to seasonal levels later this week. A rare southern storm that will bring a dangerous wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to the Deep South today and tonight will slide along the coast and then out to sea, helping to force the jet stream back to the north.

Instead of near record lows, temperatures will return to the 20s for morning temperatures and 30s and 40s for afternoon highs in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The northern Plains, Minnesota Arrowhead and Great Lakes won`t share in the same luck, however. Temperatures will stay below-average here as reinforcing shots of cold air briefly skirt the U.S.-Canada border later this week.

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