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9 Stunning Images Of Lake Michigan Frozen (PICTURES)

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Britain is not the only country suffering under unusual weather. A "polar vortex", a whirlpool of dense air, has struck the US mainland in recent days, encasing much of the country in ice and snow.

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In the Midwest, the cold snap has broken all recent records with sub-zero temperatures bringing more than a foot of snow, while high winds have forced cities in the region to close schools.

Chicago on Lake Michigan has been particularly badly affected. Here are ten stunning pictures of the Windy City wrapped in ice.

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    Mist rises from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach after temperatures dipped well below zero.
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    Another shot of the mist on the Lake.
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    Chicago hit a record low of -16 degrees on Monday morning.
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    Ice builds up along the lake.
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    A polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.
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    Ice builds up along the lake.
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    Ice and steam build up along Lake Michigan.
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    A shelf of ice stretches out on the lake.
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    Chicago's famous skyline adorned in ice and steam.

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