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Plow truck in rural Kalamazoo County (Courtesy Kalamazoo County Road Commission)
Plow truck in rural Kalamazoo County (Courtesy Kalamazoo County Road Commission)

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The last time it got this cold in the Midwest was in the 1930’s.

Meteorologist Brandon Hoving at the national weather service says these near blizzard conditions will continue at least thru today with breathtakingly cold temperatures, up to four more inches of lake effect snow and drifting.

He says it’s not a Siberian Express or an Alberta Clipper, it’s a “polar vortex” and has come down from the North Pole.

Temperatures dipped to 11-below in Kalamazoo and 17-below in Sturgis with wind chill factors as low as 35 to 40 below. That’s colder than it was in Alaska, or Antarctica or the surface of Mars last night.A wind chill warning remains in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

The brutal cold and blowing snow continues to disrupt air travel all across the Midwest and the Northeast. A few flights landed at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International yesterday, but none left.

Only a few planes managed to leave Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids.

Triple A in the Midwest says its aided over 14-thousand motorists in the Midwest since the snow started falling on Sunday, and about a third of the calls have come because the intense cold has been too much for batteries.

Nancy Cain at Triple A of Michigan says jump-starting dead batteries is only one of the reasons they get calls for help. They also responded to pull them out of ditches and to help motorists who locked themselves out of their cars trying to warm them up.

She says their tow truck operators are rushing from call to call.

Many police agencies and officials are still saying if you don’t have to drive, stay home.

 

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