Heavy snow hitting parts of Midwest; risky cold coming

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President Donald Trump, noting wind chill temperatures in the "beautiful Midwest" are setting records, said in a tweet Monday evening: "What the hell is going on with Global Warming?"

Already, the deadly cold has resulted in two fatalities in the United States and, with the coldest weather yet to come, experts are advising people to stay aware and prepare.

Between one to two feet of snow was forecast in Wisconsin and six inches in IL. Michigan's governor issued a state of emergency Monday ahead of the risky cold.

There is some debate among scientists about whether polar vortexes have become more frequent and, if so, what effect climate change might be having on them. He noted the record heat now in Australia.

Across the Midwest and Great Lakes, the brutal cold will likely shatter dozens of records, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said. Milwaukee Public Schools and Minneapolis Public Schools also will be closed. The universities closing their campuses include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota, the University of South Dakota and Iowa State University.

The current record of minus 26 degrees was set in 1996. Chicago saw its lowest temperatures at negative 27 in 1985, and we could be in that range on Wednesday.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for all of her state's counties Monday, well in advance of the brunt of the storm.

Whitmer says the order will help address threats to public health and safety stemming from this week's cold snap, which follows a snowstorm that buried parts of MI and other Midwestern states.

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Many Metro Atlanta school and businesses are also closed on Tuesday.

Heavy snow and gusting winds created blizzard-like conditions Monday across parts of the Midwest, prompting officials to close hundreds of schools, courthouses and businesses as forecasters warn that dangerously cold weather is right behind the snowstorm.

The worst-ever wind chill in Chicago happened on Christmas Eve 1983: minus 57, adjusted for a new wind chill formula adopted about 15 years ago, CBS Chicago reports.

The US Midwest dug out Monday from a snowstorm that closed schools and businesses, as millions braced for unsafe sub-zero temperatures that could shatter records. He said ambulance crews in the city were handling all outside response incidents as being potentially life-threatening. By Wednesday, at least 55 million people will face temperatures at zero or below.

Wind chills in northern IL could fall to negative 55 degrees.

The low in Boston Wednesday night will be around 4 degrees, and the wind chill could drop to 8 below zero, according to the latest forecast.

Potential wind chills as low as minus 65 in Minnesota mean frostbite could occur in less than five minutes of exposure to the elements. The largest public school districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota also were among those closed, including districts in Milwaukee and St. Paul.

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