Bitter cold across much of northern U.S. turns deadly

Updated Dec 28, 2017 7:32 AM EST

ERIE, Pa. — Bitter cold weather has taken hold of much of the northern United States and is expected to stay put for days to come. This, as two Minnesota cities have already set records for low temperatures and a city in Pennsylvania continues to dig out from a record snowfall.

Forecasters warned of hypothermia and frostbite from arctic air settling in over the central U.S. and spreading east.

CBS Chicago reports authorities there are blaming the death of a 62-year-old man found unresponsive in his vehicle Tuesday on accidental hypothermia from exposure to the cold.

And CBS Louisville, Kentucky affiliate WKLY-TV reports homeless advocates in nearby Cincinnati say a homeless man whose body was found Tuesday probably succumbed to the cold. They’re calling for more shelters for Cincinnati’s homeless population.

The National Weather Service reported International Falls, Minnesota, the self-proclaimed “Icebox of the Nation,” plunged to 37 degrees below zero, breaking the old record of 32 below set in 1924. Hibbing, Minnesota, bottomed out at 28 below, breaking the old record of 27 below set in 1964.

Wind chill advisories or warnings were in effect for much of New England, northern Pennsylvania and New York. Those places and states in the northern Plains and Great Lakes were projected to see highs in the teens or single digits and lows below zero for the rest of the week and into the new year.

The National Weather Service said wind chills in many areas Thursday could make temperatures feel below zero.

People in Erie, Pennsylvania, continued to dig out from a storm that brought 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day, smashing the daily snowfall record for the Great Lakes city of 8 inches, and 26.5 more inches on Tuesday. More than 65 inches total fell on the city in just a few days.

Strong westerly winds over Lake Erie picked up moisture, developed into snow and converged with opposing winds,…

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