Bitterly cold air blankets upper Midwest, moves toward Northeast, mid-Atlantiic
By Amy Forliti The Associated Press
3:32 PM EST, January 13, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - Temperatures crashed to Arctic levels today as a severe cold wave rolled across the upper Midwest on the heels of yet another snowstorm, closing schools and making most people think twice before going outside.Thermometers read single digits early in the day as far south as Kansas and Missouri, where some areas warmed only into the teens by midday.The ice and snow that glazed pavement was blamed for numerous traffic accidents from Minnesota to Indiana, where police said a truck overturned and spilled 43,000 pounds of cheese, closing a busy highway ramp during the night in the Gary area.Still, some Minnesotans took it as just another winter day, even in the state's extreme northwest corner where thermometers bottomed out at 38 degrees below zero at the town of Hallock and the National Weather Service said the wind chill was a shocking 58 below.
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"It's really not so bad," Robert Cameron, 75, said as he and several friends gathered for morning coffee at the Cenex service station in Hallock. "We've got clothing that goes with the weather. ... We're ready and rolling, no matter what."