11:55 07 January 2014
Arctic blasts have resulted in record sub-zero temperatures in North America, bringing heavy snow and dangerous ice to areas of Canada and the north-eastern US due to a sudden ‘polar vortex’.
Over the weekend, thousands of flights were grounded and on Monday, another 3,700 flights were cancelled. In several US states, residents were urged to stay indoors and hundreds of schools have been closed. Currently, there are 16 reported deaths that are connected with the storm and the ensuing cold temperatures.
In a statement, the US National Weather Service said: "The coldest weather in years will be making its presence known from the Upper Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic region for the beginning of the work week.”
On Monday afternoon, about 5,000 homes in Newfoundland, Canada experienced power failure. CTV News said that it was a blow to residents who were already trying to deal with rolling blackouts and the aftermath of the blizzard.
Also on Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that parts of major highways would be closed due to the extreme weather.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in Kansas City has predicted a low of -22C, however the wind chill will make this seem even colder.
Officials have issued “deadly” cold weather warnings.
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