75% of the US population will suffer below-freezing temps this week
By Holly Yan and Judson Jones, CNN
Updated 6:20 PM ET, Mon January 28, 2019
(CNN)Absurdly cold weather is about to grip much of the United States, trapping millions of Americans in subzero temperatures and bringing “dangerous to impossible travel conditions.”
Some states could suffer the coldest air in a generation, the National Weather Service said. About 220 million people — or 75% of the continental US population — will endure below-freezing temperatures this week.
The wicked cold has already turned deadly. At least two deaths — one in Minnesota and one in Illinois — have been attributed to the current cold pattern.
In many parts of the country, the coldest life-threatening weather is yet to come. Across the Midwest and Great Lakes, the brutal cold will likely shatter dozens of records, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, temperatures will plunge to 20-40 degrees below zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Hennen said. Wind chills will plummet to 35-60 below zero.
“Chicago will likely see its coldest readings in nearly 25 years, with lows approaching the all-time record of 27 below and a daytime high on Wednesday of around 15 below,” Hennen said.
“It could remain below zero in Chicago from around noon on Tuesday until around midday on Friday.”
But the deep freeze is only half the story. The Dakotas are grappling with blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service said. And heavier snow is expected in the Upper Midwest and Great lakes, meaning “dangerous to impossible travel conditions.”
While intense snow smothers much of the Midwest, snow will likely extend all the way down to Mississippi and Alabama.
Two deaths have been attributed to the current cold pattern
In Rochester, Minnesota, a man was found dead Sunday outside the home where he was staying with a relative.
Ali Alfred Gombo, 22, didn’t have keys to the home, according to CNN affiliate KIMT. He was unable to enter the home early Sunday morning after being dropped off. Single-digit temperatures that dipped below zero likely played a role in the man’s death, Rochester police said. An autopsy will determine the official cause of death.
Police in Libertyville, Illinois, said a man was killed Monday morning as a result of the weather.
“The man died after a roadway crash involving a village plow truck and a pedestrian,” police said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the plow driver has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the result of an investigation, police said.
On Sunday, a 13-year-old boy in Iowa was found dead after he was outside for days, Marshalltown Police Chief Michael Tupper said. Corey Brown left his home during a snowstorm Tuesday night.
An autopsy will determine when he died and if his death was related to the current cold snap.
Categories: Record Cold and Snow