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    Elizabeth Flores - AP
    John Brower snow in his eye lashes after running to work in the frigid -20 weather Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 in Minneapolis. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended Monday into much of the U.S.
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    Commuters make a sub-zero trek to offices in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning on the heals of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest bringing with it dangerously cold temperatures not seen in the area in about 20 years.
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    Commuters make a sub-zero trek to offices in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning on the heals of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest bringing with it dangerously cold temperatures not seen in the area in about 20 years.
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    A man navigates through several inches of snow as the area deals with record breaking freezing weather January 6, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. Michigan and most of the Midwest received their first major snow storm of 2014 last week and subzero temperatures are expected most of this week with wind-chill driving temperatures down to 50-70 degrees below zero. A "polar vortex" weather pattern is bringing some of the coldest weather the U.S. has had in almost 20 years.
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    A commuter makes a sub-zero trek through the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning on the heals of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest bringing with it dangerously cold temperatures not seen in the area in about 20 years. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Elizabeth Flores, The Star Tribune - AP
    Greg Rohde commuted to work to the University of Minnesota via cross-country skis along West River Parkway in the frigid -20 weather, Monday, January 6, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN.
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    John Cross, Mankato Free Press - AP
    New Ulm, Minn., mail carrier Dan Dorn is bundled against the cold as he makes his appointed rounds in sub-zero temperatures, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
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    Matt Rourke - AP
    A woman crosses 13th Street during a morning rainstorm, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Philadelphia. In southeastern Pennsylvania, a weather advisory warned of single-digit temperatures with wind chills of 15 to 20 degrees below zero.
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    Kiichiro Sato - AP
    A Delta plane is deiced at Chicago Midway International Airport Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Chicago. The bitter weather comes after a heavy snowstorm hit much of the region last week. More than 1,000 flights were canceled Sunday at airports throughout the Midwest. More than 400 flights were cancelled at Chicago's airports Monday.
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    Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune - MCT
    Metra employees experience subzero temperatures at the LaSalle Street station in Chicago, Monday, January 6, 2014.
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    Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune - MCT
    Rose Silvera, of Chicago, walks across the Metra parking lot in Elgin, Ill., waiting for a friend to pick her up for work at the Chase Call Center early Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
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    Stephen Lance Dennee - AP
    Construction worker Russ McKendree, 41, of Paducah, carries scaffolding to be set up outside a restaurant in downtown Paducah, Ky., Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Temperatures dropped to the single digits overnight with the wind chill reaching -20 to -30 degrees.
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