Polar Vortex Plunges U.S. Into Record Deep Freeze

Monday, Jan 6, 2014  |  Updated 7:07 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

Foul winter weather and dangerously severe cold paralyzed transit and shuttered schools across much of the United States on Monday, as a “polar vortex” plunged 26 states into a freeze the likes of which they hadn't seen in decades. Schools were closed from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, and even in cold-hardy Minnesota, whose governor ordered all schools statewide shuttered, the first time that had happened in 17 years. Thousands of flights were cancelled nationwide, too, more than 1,600 of them at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, and JetBlue – still reeling from weekend delays from snowstorms – took the extraordinary step of grounding all flights overnight at four of the country's biggest airports. The cold also forced the suspension of some Amtrak high-speed service between Philadelphia and Baltimore, and amid all the travel woes, the Senate even pushed back a planned vote on unemployment benefits to Tuesday morning.

Get More at NBC News
Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Running Dry
Coverage of the California drought. Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out