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Arctic blast to set record low temperatures

(ABC)   For millions of Americans, this is the first  day back to work and school in the new year.

But in most places, mother nature isn't exactly rolling out the welcome mat.

Another Arctic Blast is sweeping across the U.S.
By Tuesday, every state in the lower 48 will endure dangerous sub-freezing temperatures.

The frigid, dense air known as a "Polar Vortex" will descend from Canada, bringing life-threatening cold.

"It's very cold and it's very dangerous for people.
Just bundle up. I got a heavy ski jacket."

Parts of the Midwest are already frozen solid.
St. Louis and Indianapolis were slammed with more than 10 inches of snow over the weekend.

Roads are impassable.
As soon as I got out of my tow truck, it was like we were on an ice skating rink, and everybody was slipping and sliding.
 Members of the Southern Illinois University Men's Basketball Team got stuck in an icy slick mess. In other areas, it was driving snow.

The visibility actually just went to zero. We asked the bus driver to pull over to the side of the road, and when he did, we couldn't get back onto the toads.
 
Airports are also hazardous. This Delta flight at New York's JFK had to be dug out after it skid off the runway. Inside airports, stranded passengers are angry.

I just want to go home. I just want to get back settled in.
Today in Minnesota,  temperatures are expected to plunge 25 to 35 degrees below zero!  And the wind chill will make it feel like 47 below!

Schools are closed there, but also in Chicago. St. Louis.and Milwaukee after officials urged people to stay home.
 
Here in New York, someone said it's a heatwave -- temperatures climbed to the mid 50s. But that's not gonna last. Temperature's are expected to drop 40 degrees into the single digits.