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Millions of people hunkered down Sunday, January 5, in America in anticipation of brutal weather from a dangerous Arctic blast that could send US temperatures plummeting to their coldest in 20 years. Heavy snow and sub-zero conditions have blanketed the northeast United States and parts of Canada, with the cold weather front moving through the US Midwest. The wind chill from the rare “polar vortex” could make it feel as cold as -60ºF (-51ºC) in places, weather forecasters say, prompting authorities in several towns and cities to issue warnings that people should stay indoors and even stock up on food. In such extreme cold, exposed skin would suffer frostbite in as little as five minutes, experts have cautioned. The National Weather Service described the weather as “life-threatening.”
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