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. Parts of Minnesota recorded temperatures of 38 below zero, with wind chills of 58 below.
Thermometers read single digits as far south as Kansas and Missouri, where some areas warmed only into the teens. Minneapolis fell to 18 below. The leading edge of the cold air was expected to strike the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, and South late tonight and tomorrow. And meteorologists warned that a second wave could drop temperatures into the single digits Thursday and Friday in the mid-Atlantic region.