Extreme cold gripped the Midwest Wednesday as the result of a split in the polar vortex.
Chicago was as cold as the Arctic with a low temperature of around minus 23 degrees, and Minneapolis reached minus 27. See winter weather photos from those cities and other locales in the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday.
With reporting from The Associated Press
A man walks along the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago Wednesday.
Ice and snow build up along Lake Michigan in Chicago on Wednesday.
Ice forms in an artistic manner on the inside widow of an airtight residential garage stairwell in Chicago Wednesday.
A bundled-up commuter makes their way through the Loop early Wednesday in Chicago.
A homeless man sits in the falling snow in the Financial District in Manhattan on Wednesday.
Ice is seen on the side of the Great Falls National Historic Park as a couple takes in the sights during a frigid winter day Wednesday in Paterson, N.J.
Icicles form on a railing as the sun rises in the harbor in Port Washington, Wis., on Wednesday, as temperatures were -22 degrees with -50 degree wind chills.
Geese huddle in the water while the sun rises at the harbor in Port Washington, Wis., on Wednesday, as a deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures.
Chuck Carpenter of Minneapolis is frost-covered as he goes for a walk in the in the subzero temperatures that have produced dangerous wind chills in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
The outside temperature was -28 as Emily Pieper led cows to the milking parlor at Metogga Lake Dairy in New Prague, Minn., early Wednesday. The Pieper family dairy farm has been around since 1973.
Hanji Gu takes his dog Pipixia out for a bathroom break Wednesday morning on State Street in Madison, Wis. Bitter cold temperatures moved into the Madison area.
Icicles hang in front of a door at a bar in Mequon, Wis., on Wednesday as temperatures were subzero and wind chills were -50 degrees.
Emergency responders help victims from their cars after a snow squall caused a 27-vehicle pileup in Wyomissing, Pa., on Wednesday, the Reading Eagle reported.
Drifting snow obscures a road near Mount Joy in Lancaster County, Pa., on Wednesday. A bitter deep freeze is moving into the Northeast from the Midwest, sending temperatures plummeting and making road conditions dangerous.