The Upper Midwest remains locked in the deep freeze, with bitter temperatures stretching into a fourth day across several states.
The weather was so cold Tuesday that Chicago firefighters found their equipment was freezing as they tried to beat back a fire in a warehouse. The five-alarm fire ripped through a warehouse in Chicago’s south side Tuesday night and below-freezing temperatures made it difficult for firefighters to hose it down.
The cold snap arrived Saturday night as waves of Arctic air swept south from Canada, pushing temperatures to dangerous lows and even leaving a section of the country hardened to winter's pains reeling. Authorities suspect exposure has played a role in at least four deaths so far. 'I am wearing a Snuggie under a top and another jacket over that,' said Faye Whitbeck, president of the chamber of commerce in International Falls, Minnesotta, a town near the Canadian border where the temperature was -30C on Tuesday morning.
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