A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, closing schools and businesses and straining infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. Disruptions are now extending into Thursday.
The deadly arctic deep freeze enveloping the Midwest is forcing widespread closure of schools, businesses and government offices. It’s also prompted the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region.
An arctic cold front is ushering in what could be record cold weather for central Illinois. Overnight snow and Monday’s mixed precipitation will give way to low temperatures Monday night/Tuesday morning near zero.