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Polar Vortex: Shocking Images Of The US Big Freeze Captured On Twitter And Imgur

08/01/2014 11:04 | Updated 23 January 2014

The big freeze across America is about to break, as the mercury moves back up above zero, after dropping as low as minus 37C in one town.

In Hell, Michigan, temperatures plummeted to minus 17, prompting this headline.

People across the states have been sharing their striking images of the arctic conditions. We take a look before the next phenomenon, the 'big melt', begins.

One traveller captured this incredible image above Chicago

The Chicago River Tonight...

The Chicago river filled with floating ice pieces via Imgur

The snow in downtown Chicago uploaded onto Imgur

Aerial shot of Chicago and Lake Michigan from above via Imgur

Downtown Chicago at Night

Aerial cinema graph of Chicago and Lake Michigan from above via Imgur

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    A snow drift is blown accross a frozen section of Lake Ontario on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Toronto. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
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    Ice covers rocks and brush on the break wall at Edgewater Park in Cleveland Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. An official low of -11 degrees broke the 130-year-old record for the date as cold polar air spread from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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    Ice fog partially shrouds the lighthouse at the entrance to Cleveland harbor Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. An official low of -11 degrees in Cleveland broke the old record of -9 set in 1884. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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    Ice forms on rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across from lower Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The high temperature is expected to be 10 degrees in the city but wind chills will make it feel more like minus 10. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
  • Garret Kelenske, 49, works to remove snow on the sidewalk along Hoyt Street near Sacred Heart Church in Muskegon Heights, Mich., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. He is the facility maintenance manager for the church and surrounding buildings which take up a city block. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens)
  • Snow covers an Abraham Lincoln statue in Hackley Park, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Muskegon, Mich. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens)
  • School buses parked at the Howard Street KPS administration building are covered in snow, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The temperature in Kalamazoo remained below zero Tuesday. (AP Photo/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group, Mark Bugnaski)
  • A photographer focuses on the ice-covered St. Joseph Lighthouse Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. Joseph, Mich., after a winter storm dumped 15 inches of snow in the area. (AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)
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    Ice forms on rocks on the Brooklyn waterfront across from lower Manhattan in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The high temperature is expected to be 10 degrees in the city but wind chills will make it feel more like minus 10. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
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    The reflecting pool in front of the U.S. Capitol building is frozen over, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in Washington. Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day Tuesday, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Residents driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest longed to return to their own beds. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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    The Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice near North Avenue Beach as cold temperatures remain with wind chills nearing minus 30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Chicago. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
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    The Capitol is seen through a frozen fountain at the Alabama Association of Realtors in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013. Brutal, record-breaking cold descended on the East and South, sending the mercury plummeting Tuesday, (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)
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    Steam rises from Lake Ontario near its frozen edge in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
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    The Toronto skyline is pictured with a frozen section of Lake Ontario on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
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    A plow driver with Mount Prospect, Ill. Public Works dumps a snow from a two-ton truck at Melas Park near the public works facility on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 in Mount Propect, Ill.. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, George LeClaire) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT
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    Elgin, Ill. police officer Jeff Kendall diverts traffic from northbound Randall Road onto eastbound Royal Boulevard Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 morning after icy conditions forced the closure of Randall Road from Royal to Big Timber Road. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Christopher Hankins) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT
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    Brothers Jimmy, left, and Angelo Prier, right, try to jump start their car in Grayslake, Ill. on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Gilbert R. Boucher II) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
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    A motorist along eastbound Route 64 in St. Charles, Ill. clearly didn't make it to their location Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014 after ending up in the ditch east of Smith Road. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Christopher Hankins) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
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    As subzero temperatures continue, snow is removed in front of the Lombard, Ill. Community Building along St. Charless Road, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014, in Lombard, Ill. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Daniel White) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT
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    A car is pulled out of the ditch along eastbound Roosevelt Road just west of County Farm Road Tuesday morning Jan. 7, 2014 in Wheaton, Ill. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Black) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
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    A Village of Gurnee Pubilc Works Department employee clears the deep snow on sidewalks along Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee, Ill. on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014 using a Bobcat snowblower. The brutal polar air that has made the Midwest shiver over the past few days spread to the East and the Deep South on Tuesday, shattering records that in some cases had stood for more than a century. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Gilbert R. Boucher II) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT
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    Tessa Lind examines icicles hanging from a tree in the yard of her home, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Like much of the nation, the Florida panhandle experienced freezing temperatures, with overnight lows Monday dipping to around 18 degrees Fahrenheit. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily, Devon Ravine)
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    A statue of St. Francis developed icicles at Trad's Garden Center, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. The sprinkler system had been accidentally left on overnight, causing the icicles. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)
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    An overnight sprinkler left icicles on the shrubs at The Antique Market of San Jose, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey)
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    Ice in the Mississippi River flows past the Gateway Arch Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. Louis. As Missourians muddled through another frigid day Tuesday, the worst cold snap in nearly two decades was about to come to an end but many roads remained partly snow-covered two days after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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    A tug boat navigates the frozen Mississippi River Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. Louis. As Missourians muddled through another frigid day Tuesday, the worst cold snap in nearly two decades was about to come to an end but many roads remained partly snow-covered two days after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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    Tractor trailers cross over the Susquehanna River on the Interstate 80 bridges at Mifflinville, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Press-Enterprise, Jimmy May)
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    University of Alabama students Joshua Moon, left, and Ben Sigmon explore a layer of ice over the grass on the Quad at the University of Alabama, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The ice formed after an irrigation line burst in the freezing weather. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter)
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    A tugboat makes its way up the icy waters of the Mississippi River on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in St. Louis. Tuesday was the worst cold snap in nearly two decades for Missouri. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Laurie Skrivan) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
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    Lexington Fire Dept. Major Joe Madden, left, and firefighter Casey Wiley, right, looked for hotspots at the scene of an overnight house fire at 238 Swigert Ave. in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The fire started shortly after midnight and destroyed the house. Lexington firefighters had to battle the fire in sub-zero temperatures. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Charles Bertram)
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