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

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.

SEE ALSO: Polar Vortex Forces Homeless To Find Warmth Against Steam Grates

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
  • Jimmy Prier, Angelo Prier
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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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    Isabella Graff, left, and her brother Zadok Graff, check on the family's beef cattle on the Bill Graff Farm, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Middletown, Ill. Farm animals can withstand frigid outside temperatures if they're cared for properly with food, water and shelter. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    Gilda Mosely digs her car out from the snow outside her home on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Soulard, Mo. 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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    A man carrying a snow shovel walks along Market Street in Champaign, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Icy, snow-covered roads and high winds made travel treacherous from the Dakotas and Michigan to Missouri as much of the nation braced for the next winter wallop: a dangerous cold that could break records. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Holly Hart) MANDATORY CREDIT
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    Traffic backs up along I-75 due to icy conditions on pavement in Detroit, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Temperatures broke record lows Tuesday in Michigan and residents braced against bitter winds following a multiday storm that shuttered schools, closed government offices and contributed to at least six deaths. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 photo, Ron, a bison at Brookfield Zoo, is covered in snow and doesn't seemed phased by the frigid temperatures or snow blowing through the Chicago area. The zoo was closed Monday, Jan . 6 due to the snowstorm and sub-zero temperatures and plans to reopen Tuesday. It was only the fourth time in Brookfield Zoo's history dating back to 1934 that it has closed due to severe weather conditions. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
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    In this Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 photo provided by the Chicago Zoological Society, Anana, a polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Ill., seems to be enjoy the snow and frigid temperature blowing through the Chicago area. The zoo was closed Monday, Jan . 6 due to the snowstorm and sub-zero temperatures and plans to reopen Tuesday. It was only the fourth time in Brookfield Zoo's history dating back to 1934 that it has closed due to severe weather conditions. (AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
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    Motorists drive along a snow covered northbound Interstate-94 in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Sunday night temperatures will drastically drop to about minus 20 degrees. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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    A truck moves cautiously through blowing snow in I-74 eastbound through Urbana, Ill., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Icy, snow-covered roads and high winds made travel treacherous from the Dakotas and Michigan to Missouri as much of the nation braced for the next winter wallop: a dangerous cold that could break records. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, Holly Hart) MANDATORY CREDIT
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    A Michigan State Trooper checks on a motorist who slid off I-75 in Clarkston, Mich., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Michigan residents are stocking up in preparation for the harshest winter conditions in 20 years, with a foot of snow already on the ground, more on the way and temperatures expected to dive as low as minus 15.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    Snow sticks to leaves and vines across an alley wall between Second and Third Streets on Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2014 in downtown Flint, Mich., after a severe snowstorm dumped 16.2 inches of snow over the weekend. The harshest winter conditions in 20 years are heading for Michigan, including temperatures expected to dive as low as minus 15. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT
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    A blanket of fog covers Lake Michigan along the Chicago shoreline Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 as temperatures dove well below zero and wind chills were expected to reach 40 to 50 below. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
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    The Chicago skyline and a freezing Lake Michigan are seen from the Museum Campus in Chicago on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Sunday night temperatures will drastically drop to about minus 20 degrees. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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    Delores Thomas walks with groceries in Detroit, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Michigan residents are preparing for diving temperatures as they dig out from more than 15 inches of snow in places. . (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    In an imagge made with a fisheye lens, Marguerite Johnston uncovers her car in Grosse Pointe, Mich., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Michigan residents are preparing for diving temperatures as they dig out from more than 15 inches of snow in places. .(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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    Tony Berard makes his way down Highland Road in Waterford, past a car that had slid off the road on his way back from work in White Lake, Mich., Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Berard bikes 8 miles to work because he doesn't have a car. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Daniel Mears ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT MANDATORY CREDIT
  • Bitter cold and blowing snow move into Saginaw area, Jan. 6, 2014
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    A woman pushes her daughter and their groceries through blowing snow in the Kroger parking lot in Green Acres Plaza on State Street in Saginaw Township, Mich., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. 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 MBO (REV-SHARE)
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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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    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)
  • Frozen Florida
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    St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church's fountains were frozen over Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, just after sunrise in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Temperatures were in the teens across the area. (AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Angel McCurdy)
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    A woman pauses to see the Schuylkill River covered with ice, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia experienced low temperatures hovering around zero and wind chills in the minus-teens. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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    A driver negotiates an ice patch in a parking lot as a cold Arctic blast brought temperatures down to 6 degrees above zero to shatter cold weather records, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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    A pair of photographers shoot images of the Chicago skyline 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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    A woman waits to cross the street in downtown Toronto on Tuesday, Jan, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
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    A driver negotiates an ice patch near Georgia State University as a cold Arctic blast brought temperatures down to 6 degrees above zero, closing local schools and shattering cold weather records, on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)
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    A salesmen at a car dealer digs out cars covered in snow at a dealership in Indianapolis Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, as temperatures hovered around zero. The subzero cold followed inches of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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    Steam rises from buildings Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in downtown Cincinnati where temperatures were below zero in the morning. Brutal, life-threatening cold descended over the East and the South, sending the mercury plummeting Tuesday into the single digits and teens. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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    Ducks are seen on a frozen section of a pond, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Fairfax, Va. The National Weather Service said the mercury bottomed out at 3 degrees before sunrise at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshal International Airport, with a wind chill of minus 16. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
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    With temperatures in downtown Pittsburgh at -5 degrees early Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, a flock of gulls huddles on the ice formed on the Allegheny river. A high of 2 degrees is predicted for Tuesday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    This image captured by NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Jan. 6, 2014, at 11:01 a.m. EST shows a frontal system that is draped from north to south along the U.S. East Coast. Behind the front lies the clearer skies bitter cold air associated with the polar vortex. Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spread across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 7. 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)
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    Frost patterns are formed on the ground next to a sewer drain Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Paducah, Ky. Temperatures were expected to rise into the teens Tuesday during the daylight hours, providing Kentucky with a slight warming trend as brutally cold air still gripped the state for a second day. (AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee)

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