Brutal cold descends over Great Lakes Bay region - WNEM TV 5

Brutal cold descends over Great Lakes Bay region

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A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" is descending into much of the U.S., pummeling parts of the country with a dangerous cold that could break decades-old records.

TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak said that Arctic air will surge into the Mid-Michigan area Monday with gusty westerly winds. "A few light snowflakes will linger as temperatures plunge into the single digits by this afternoon," said Bodak. "This will be some of the coldest air to affect the region in possibly 20 years! As the wind picks up, blowing and drifting snow will lead to poor visibly readings."

A Wind Chill Warning is in effect through Tuesday evening. "Dangerously cold wind chill values are expected to range between 20 and 40 degrees below zero during this time," said Bodak. Hazardous travel conditions are expected and roads will be snow covered and slippery.

For a big chunk of the Midwest, the subzero temperatures are following heavy snow and high winds. The forecast is extreme: 32 below zero in Fargo, N.D.; minus 21 in Madison, Wis.; and 15 below zero in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago. Wind chills could drop into the minus 50s and 60s.

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