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Temperatures drop to record lows in Michigan

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ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) -

Temperatures dropped to record lows in Michigan following a multiday storm that shuttered schools, closed government offices and contributed to at least six deaths.

The National Weather Service says lows of 14 degrees below zero were reported Monday and early Tuesday at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus as well as in Flint. The previous record low for Jan. 7 was minus 5 at the airport in 1942 and minus 10 at Flint in 1986.

For Jan. 6, the previous record low for Detroit was minus 7 in 1924 and for Flint was minus 5 in 1945.

The wind made it feel as it was 30 to 40 degrees below zero.

The lowest temperature reported Tuesday morning in Michigan was 20 degrees below zero in the Upper Peninsula community of Ironwood.

A dangerous mass of arctic air is marching toward the South and East after leaving much of the Midwest miserable with wind chills as low as minus 55.

Wind chill warnings stretched as far south as Alabama and Florida, and schools in places such as Atlanta were canceled Tuesday. Officials in Maryland worried that roads wet from melting snow would freeze as temperatures fell.

Tennessee utility officials braced for near-record power demand, while Ohio prepared for its coldest temperatures in decades.

The polar air broke temperature records in Chicago, Fort Wayne, Ind., Oklahoma and Texas on Monday.

National forecasters say more than 187 million people could be affected by the weather system before it departs by week's end.

Blowing snow and icy roads are creating difficult driving conditions for Michigan motorists, with another 1 to 3 inches of snow possible in the southwestern portion of the state.

Temperatures hovered Tuesday morning around zero degrees in Grand Rapids and were reported at 11 degrees below zero in Lansing. The National Weather Service says those readings weren't record lows.

In Gaylord, the weather service office reported that readings as low as 18 degrees below zero in the northern Lower Peninsula didn't set a record. Still, authorities are urging caution for those outdoors amid the deep freeze.

The cold follows heavy snow that started Saturday or Sunday, depending on the area. The weather service reported 18.7 inches of snow northwest in Owosso and 10.6 inches at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus.

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