By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: National Weather Services
According to US officials and news media reports, at least 12 deaths have been brought on by the polar vortex which brought a record-breaking cold snap to the America’s mid-West – either the result of weather-related traffic accidents, or apparent exposure to the elements.
Officials warned the temperatures were so low, they could cause frostbite in a matter of minutes.
The record cold has wreaked havoc across a number of states, causing hundreds traffic incidents and thousands of flights to be cancelled.
However, temperatures are looking up for the weekend.
Weather Underground’s meteorology director, Dr Jeff Masters predicted that towns in Michigan and Illinois experiencing record cold this week can look forward to temperatures around 10 degrees Celsius by Monday, approximately a 40 degrees turnaround.
He forecasts that the polar vortex was “rotating up into Canada” and was not expected to return in the next couple of weeks.