Dangerously cold polar air grips Midwest, makes way for East, South

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Associated Press

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 9:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A dangerously cold blast of polar air is gripping the Midwest and pushing toward the East and South this evening.

Many people across the nation's midsection have gone into virtual hibernation, while those venturing out have had to pull hoods and scarves tight to protect exposed skin from nearly instant frostbite. In downtown Minneapolis temperatures reached 20 below, with wind chills of minus 50. One man out doing errands in the city says it's not cold, but "painful."

Forecasters said some 187 million people could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spreads across the country tonight and tomorrow.

Chicago set a record low for the date at minus 16, while wind chills across the Midwest were 40 below and colder. Records also fell in Oklahoma and Texas and forecasters say highs are not expected to exceed single digits expected in Georgia and Alabama tomorrow.

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247-w-35-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Rami Tadros, MD, (RAH'-mee) Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital)--With the temperature in some parts of the country reaching sub-zero, doctors are warning of increased potential for frostbite. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (6 Jan 2014)

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248-a-12-(Rami Tadros, MD, (RAH'-mee) Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, in AP interview)-"really set in"-Dr. Rami Tadros, of Mount Sinai Hospital, says people want to avoid letting their core body temperature drop below 35 degrees. ((cut used in wrap)) (6 Jan 2014)

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249-a-10-(Rami Tadros, MD, (RAH'-mee) Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, in AP interview)-"for extreme weather"-Dr. Rami Tadros, of Mount Sinai Hospital, says If you're battling extreme temperatures, wear warm clothes especially clothes that are appropriate for those temperatures. (6 Jan 2014)

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250-a-12-(Rami Tadros, MD, (RAH'-mee) Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital, in AP interview)-"the cold environment"-Dr. Rami Tadros, of Mount Sinai Hospital, says if you notice that your hands start to get really cold and painful and you start noticing color changes to your fingers, you really want to try to warm up. (6 Jan 2014)

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269-a-14-(Rina Fujiwara, traveler from Japan waiting for train at Chicago's Union Station, in AP interview)-"what to do"-Japanese traveler Rina Fujiwara, at Union Station in Chicago, says the cold is painful. (6 Jan 2014)

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270-a-11-(Lyla Rothschild, California resident waiting for Amtrak train at Chicago's Union Station, in AP interview)-"on my hands"-Chicago traveler Lyla Rothschild says just going a few blocks has been an adventure. (6 Jan 2014)

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271-a-18-(Miraya Guzman, Oregon resident headed to Kalamazoo, Michigan, at interview in Chicago's Union Station)-"the train station"-Miraya Guzman says her trip from Oregon back to Kalamazoo College in Michigan has been a series of unfortunate events. ((Note length of cut)) (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO MISAG104: A vehicle travels slowly though deep snow on Joslin near South Wheeler in Saginaw, Mich. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Heavy snow overnight caused the closing of government offices, cancellation of local schools and other services. Bitter cold air and blowing snow moved into the area Monday. (AP Photo/The Saginaw News, Jeff Schrier) ALL LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL TV INTERNET OUT (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO ILSPR501: Bill Brasche braves the subzero temperatures and bitter wind chills to clear out his driveway Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A weekend storm dumped up to 15 inches of snow in some parts of Illinois, snarling interstates and shutting down many roads all together. And the deep, drifting snow was followed Monday by a bitter mass of arctic air that plunged temperatures to record lows. (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Justin L. Fowler) (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO ILSPR101: Bill Brasche ski masked begins to fill with snow and ice as he braves the subzero temperatures and bitter wind chills to clear out his driveway, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Justin L. Fowler) (6 Jan 2014)

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APPHOTO ILDEK503: A farm is seen through blowing snow in Pierce Township in Illinois' DeKalb County on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. A weekend storm dumped up to 15 inches of snow in some parts of Illinois, snarling interstates and shutting down many roads all together. And the deep, drifting snow was followed Monday by a bitter mass of arctic air that plunged temperatures to record lows. (AP Photo/Daily Chronicle, Rob Winner) MANDATORY CREDIT, CHICAGO LOCALS OUT, ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR OUT (6 Jan 2014)

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