A polar vortex, which is a is a collection of cold and dense air that rotates counterclockwise, is set to bring frigid temperatures to half the United States.
The polar vortex is set to move across the country and drop temperatures to below zero in many areas. Some areas that will be affected by the polar vortex could see wind chill drop down into the negative 60′s and 50′s. The dangerously cold temperatures have resulted in every school in the state of Minnesota closing on Monday. The cold temperatures have also resulted in around 1,200 flights being cancelled, reports WTSP 10 News.
26 states are currently under a cold weather warning due to the polar vortex. Snow isn’t a major concern for most of the states under the warning, but areas near the Great Lakes may experience up to three feet of snow, NBC News notes.
“This winter storm will be one for the record books and we want to make sure everyone stays safe and warm until it passes,” Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn told CNBC.