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January 14, 2009
Cold wave stuns the northern United States
The cold wave that stunned the nation's midsection expanded into the Northeast on Wednesday with subzero temperatures and biting wind that kept even some winter sports fans at home. The wind chill hit 33 below zero during the night at Massena, N.Y., and the National Weather Service predicted actual temperatures nearly that low in parts of the region by Thursday night. The weather service said Flint, Mich., set a record low early Wednesday at 19 degrees below zero. Forecasters also issued a lake effect snow warning Wednesday night for southwest Michigan, where a foot of snow or more could fall.Winter-hardened people across northern New England bundled up amid warnings about how fast exposed skin can freeze. --associated press (20 images)

Runner Keith Golke of Minneapolis resembles an icicle while jogging around Lake Calhoun Tuesday morning, Jan. 13, on the coldest day in Minnesota since 2004. An Arctic blast has descended on much of the midwest causing temps to plummet with record breaking lows approaching minus 40 degrees in parts of North Dakota. AP / Star Tribune / David Joles

Minneapolis is shrouded in steam as communters make the cold communte along I-35W Tuesday, Jan. 13, on the coldest day in Minnesota since 2004. An Arctic blast has descended on much of the midwest causing temps to plummet with record breaking lows approaching minus 40 degrees in parts of North Dakota. AP / Star Tribune / David Joles

A tow truck driver works to pull out a car that slid into a snowbank on Glenn Highway near Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday Jan. 14. Freezing rain caused treacherous driving conditions closing schools and universities. The Anchorage police reported 46 accidents between midnight and 8 a.m. Eight of those involved injuries with another 100 cars in the ditch. AP / Al Grillo

It takes about three hours for Eich Motor Company detailers Jesse Spencer and Dan Lorentz to blow the snow off all 348 cars in the dealer's inventory as they prepare for the day Tuesday Jan. 13, in St. Cloud, Minn. AP / St. Cloud Times / Kimm Anderson

A man rides his bicycle through a snow covered parking lot in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 14. Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is expected in the area. AP / Michael Conroy

Heather Vose, 21, a Woods Supermarket employee in Sedalia, Mo., bundles up to ward off the frigid cold, Wednesday, Jan. 14, as she retrieves shopping carts in the store's parking lot. AP / Sedalia Democrat / Sydney Brink

The Rev. Ron Gramza, left, and Javier Guativa head north on Main Street in Racine, Wis., Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, as they walk to the post office to mail a letter. A winter storm dropped several inches of snow on the Racine area Wednesday. AP / Journal Times / Gregory Shaver

A man braves the freezing cold and ventures out into the sunshine to enjoy the fresh air as steam rises off the St Lawrence River in Montreal on Wednesday, Jan. 14. AP / The Canadian Press / Peter Mccabe

Gizmo runs after his owner, Dawn Mendoza, as she makes a trail through the snow for him and her other dog, Roxie, to run on Wednesday morning, Jan. 14, in the backyard of her home in Racine, Wis. The Racine area was hit with several inches of snow Wednesday. AP / Journal Times / Gregory Shaver

Steve Bakken, 52, walks home with a supply of groceries in Mason City, Iowa. Bakken doesn' t have a car and has to walk to work and to the store in all types of weather. AP / Globe Gazette / Teresa Prince

Ron Baker, restaurant chef at a Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub in Syracuse, NY, takes a cigarette break before the lunch rush Wednesday, January 14. When asked about wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt in 10-degree weather he said, "Yeah... everyone thinks I'm crazy." AP / The Post-Standard / Michelle Gabel

A bundled up passerby walks in the snow past a window advertisement along Euclid Ave. near Public Square on Tuesday Jan. 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. AP / The Plain Dealer / Thomas Ondrey

Gloria Erickson is covered with frost while cross country skiing in Ely, Minn. Tuesday afternoon Jan. 13. Temperatures in Ely hovered around -12F for most of the day with colder weather on its way. AP / Mesabi Daily News / Mark Sauer

A school bus drives down the street while steady snow falls throughout the day Tuesday Jan. 13, reduced visibility in the Bismarck and Mandan, N.D. area. AP / The Tribune / Tom Stromme

Krista Shoults, an interpreter for Deaf students at Ohio University, cleans the snow off of the rear window of her vehicle in the parking lot of Ohio University Lancaster before her drive back to her home in Chillicothe Wednesday, Jan. 14. AP / Lancaster Eagle-Gazette / Ty Wright

Dennis Mansavage uses a mid-sized snow blower to help dig out Monday, Jan. 12, after another storm dumped more snow in Jamestown, N.D. More snow with falling temperatures are expected this week. AP / Jamestown Sun / John M. Steiner

Mariah Simonson, 9, plays in her front yard in Charles City, Iowa, on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Mariah celebrated the snow day by putting on all her winter clothes to play outside. AP / Globe Gazette / Teresa Prince

Pedestrians walk into a stiff wind and blowing snow in downtown Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 14, as a blast of sub-freezing temperatures and snow storms continue to plague the upper Midwest. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast

A pedestrian crosses the street in a haze of condensing car exhaust and his own breath, Tuesday, Jan. 13, in downtown Duluth, Minn. AP / Duluth News Tribune / Bob King

Firefighter Bobby Lehman is coated with ice after fighting a fire at a multi-family home in Lynn, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 14. A cold wave expanded into the Northeast, bringing cold temperatures and biting winds. AP / John Centrino

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