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Big chill hits the Midwest

A "polar vortex" of dense, frigid air following a system that dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest has prompted forecasts of record-low temperatures and wind chills and made travel treacherous. 

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Lee Tuttle, 66, takes a break from blowing snow off of his driveway to pose for a portrait on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at his home on Miller Road in Flint, Mich. He said he hadn't really noticed the icicles forming in his beard. 

AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Michelle Tessier

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January 5, 2014: A Michigan State Trooper checks on a motorist who slid off I-75 in Clarkston, Mich. Michigan residents are stocking up in preparation for the harshest winter conditions in 20 years, with a foot of snow already on the ground, more on the way and temperatures expected to dive as low as minus 15.

AP Photo/Paul Sancya

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January 5, 2014: Mohamed Yusuf, right, jump starts his stepfather Mohamed Adem's car on Neland Avenue SE in Grand Rapids, Mich.

AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Andrew Kuhn

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January 5, 2014: Michelle Rivas, left, and Danny Ruiz do their best to get comfortable after being stranded at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport because a snow storm canceled their flight home to Miami. The couple say they have little hope of getting a flight out before Monday. 

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

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January 5, 2014: A car is covered in snow in Zionsville, Ind. Snow that began in parts of Indiana Saturday night picked up intensity after dawn Sunday with several inches of snow on the ground by midmorning and more on the way.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings

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January 5, 2014: Allan Umscheid, owner of Yards By Al in Lawrence, Kan, feels the bitter wind and catches drifting snow on his face as he runs a snow blower. Several inches of snow fell on the Lawrence area overnight and wind chill values are forecast to be as low as minus 25 to minus 32 Sunday night through Monday morning.

AP Photo/The Journal-World, Mike Yoder

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January 5, 2014: The Fox River at the mouth of Green Bay is seen frozen in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato

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January 5, 2014: Crews work to de-ice planes at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

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January 3, 2014: Ice forms on the beard of Bob Schweitzer as he helps clear ice and snow from the seats at Lambeau Field in preparation for Sunday's NFL football wild-card playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. 

AP Photo/Mike Roemer

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January 5, 2014: A fan holds up a sign during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps

Big chill hits the Midwest

A "polar vortex" of dense, frigid air following a system that dumped nearly a foot of snow on parts of the Midwest has prompted forecasts of record-low temperatures and wind chills and made travel treacherous. 

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