news: POLAR VORTEX DEATH TOLL RISES TO 21
If you are interested in going to the US now, you might want to think again as severe cold in the country have left at least 21 people dead in one of the worst cold snaps to hit the US Midwest in decades.
Ninety million people - a third of the US - have seen temperatures of -17C (0F) or below. Some 250 million Americans overall have experienced the "polar vortex" conditions
Hospitals have been treating patients reporting frostbite as parts of the country ground to a halt.
Temperatures are expected to swing to above average over the weekend.
Officials said a Michigan man who froze to death in his neighbourhood was "inadequately dressed for the weather"
In a wind chill of -46C (-51F) an 18-year-old student was found unresponsive a short walk from his dorm on Wednesday and later died in hospital
On Tuesday, a man froze to death in a garage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, having "apparently collapsed after shovelling snow", according to a medical examiner also Dangerous roads have also been a factor in the deaths. A man was fatally struck by a snow plough near Chicago on Monday and in northern Indiana a young couple died after a collision on icy roads
More than 30 record lows were broken across the Midwest,Cotton, Minnesota, was the coldest place in the US on Thursday with a low of -48C (-56F) based on preliminary data.Chicago passed the record low for 31 January.
The icy cold is expected to loosen its grip on Friday.
By the end of the weekend, Chicago could see temperatures as high as 10C (50F). which is considerably normal temperature in the US state.
So if you are planning to visit the US soon, maybe it is best to postpone it.