Bone-Chilling Weather Sweeps Midwest

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WASHINGTON - The forecasters call it "dangerously cold weather." That's what's already blasting the Midwest, and now it's the East Coast's turn.

Bone Chilling Temperatures

Brutal winds, swirling snow and slippery ice have assaulted the Midwest, bringing bone-chilling, record low temperatures to states like North Dakota.

The temperature hit 29 below in Fargo and 37 below in Grand Forks. At least one man's died from exposure. And more of this deadly cold is on the way.

"We're going to see a big swath of snow come through and it's not just the snow," said Accuweather's Katie Fehlinger.

It's the brutal cold, which can actually kill you.

"The danger becomes frostbite and hypothermia," explained ER physician Rahul Khare. "This can occur very quickly - 2 to 3 minutes if you're not well-dressed."

One group of Iowa construction workers has mastered the art of cold weather survival.

"As long as you stay moving and you dress in layers. I'm warm," said one Cedar Rapids construction worker.

The East Coast Takes Its Turn

Now the bitter blasts of below freezing temperatures are hitting the East Coast, with more to come.

"It's been years since they hit the zero mark in New York City and we think that's going to happen on Friday night," Fehlinger predicted.

Back in the Midwest, this winter's snow and ice have already become annoyingly commonplace.

"We had 28 times that we plowed and salted the snow between December and the beginning of January," said one snow plow operator.

But many just take it in stride.

"Living in the Midwest, you always know you're going to get snow and it's just part of it, so you have to deal with it," said Chicago resident Susan Maschek.

As for dealing with the record cold, as one Minnesota man put it, minus 38 doesn't really feel all that much different from minus 24.

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