3. “For people stepping outside their front door in any of these cities this morning it will be a real shock,” Kevin Roth, The Weather Channel’s head meteorologist told NBC News. “It is going to be cold enough to take your breath away.”
Bob Brown, a building engineer for the Frisco Building in downtown St. Louis, shovels out the entrance to Pulaski Bank on Jan. 6.
5. Georgia was colder than many cities in Alaska this morning, according to the AP. The cold in Virginia broke more than 60-year-old records.
Women bundle up against the cold one block from the White House as temperatures plunged along the East coast due to the “polar vortex” on Jan. 7.
7. It was so cold, in fact, an escaped prisoner in Lexington, Kentucky decided to turn himself in. The 42-year-old man went to a motel and told the clerk to call the police when the temperatures dipped into the single digits.
Robert Vick, the escaped convict who would rather return to jail than face the polar vortex.
8. And it was so cold in Chicago on Monday that the city’s Lincoln Park Zoo kept their polar bear, Anana, indoors. Though that’s mostly because Anana doesn’t have the thick layer of fat common in polar bears after eating seals and whale carcasses.
Ice builds up along Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped to -30 Celcius in Chicago, USA #polarvortex #ChiBeria
The Boston Globe
PHOTO: Mist rose from Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped below zero in Chicago on Monday. http://t.co/XXyjVQDdnQ
13. Parts of Minnesota dropped to temperatures as low as 25 below zero, while the weather also affected parts of the country that don’t often experience deep cold, with single-digit temperatures recorded in Georgia and Alabama.
Proof it’s cold in Atlanta: a frozen fountain [courtesy: Mario Page] #GAwx
Ice forms on the shore of the East River due to unusually low temperatures in New York on Jan. 7.
A JetBlue Airways departure board is pictured inside their terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Jan. 6.
Snow also stranded more than 500 Amtrak customers overnight who were trying to get to Chicago, where 65% of flights out of the city’s airport had been canceled.
Cleveland also had 51% of the scheduled departures canceled, 66% were canceled in Indianapolis, and 21% from Boston were nixed.