An arctic blast is expected to bring snow, ice and bone-cooling temperatures to tens of millions of people in the United States this week.
Influence of the Arctic air was expected to spread from the Midwest to the Persian Gulf and the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
The agency expects record cold from Monday to Wednesday, with the lowest temperatures forecast for Wednesday throughout the east.
Lower temperatures are forecast south for the Central Texas Coast by Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service said.
"This will make me feel in the middle of winter, not November, for much of the eastern two-thirds of the country over the next few days." [1
By Monday afternoon, snow and ice had already stopped air traffic in Chicago, where nearly 2,000 inbound and outbound flights at Hare International Airport were delayed or canceled to Monday afternoon, according to the Flight Aware tracking site.
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The average inbound delay is just over six hours, while outbound flights are delayed by more than 16 hours, according to the site.
On Monday morning, an aircraft attempting to land at O & # 39; Hare International Airport escaped from the runway. None of the 38 passengers and three crew members aboard an Envoy Air flight from Greensboro, North Carolina were injured, according to an Associated Press.
In New York, where temperatures were expected to dip into single digits Tuesday afternoon after a rush of rain and snow, emergency management officials urged residents to be cautious on the roads and to watch for signs of hypothermia.
In Missouri, snow and ice are already causing chaos on state roads. Authorities have responded to dozens of crashes and stranded drivers throughout the day, NBC affiliate KSHB reported.
Among them is a K9 deputy in Clay County, north of Kansas City, who stopped to help a driver who got out of the way.
None of them were injured in the incident, authorities said.
In Dallas, where high winds drove temperatures in the 20s, officials reminded homeowners of
"Don't go astray with your pet's coat," says Ed Jamison, director of Dallas Animal Services, in a news release.
Even these thick coats may not withstand deep freezing, Jamison said, taking advantage of humans to make sure their animals remain inside.
In Kentucky, where forecasters call for light snow, followed by record-breaking bone levels, students in Lexington exploded early in the winter to get to class, the NBC affiliate WLEX reported.
Others fear the prospect of a 13-degree day on Wednesday.
"It makes me want to stay in bed and not go to class," one station student says. "But that's not really an option."
Meanwhile, another round of snow lingered behind the Arctic blast, forecasts say. Chance of snow, precipitation and rain was expected across the Pacific Northwest and into the Rocky Cliffs beginning Tuesday night.
"Precipitation is likely to move to the northern plains in the form of snow early Wednesday," the National Weather Service said.