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People across the country are rushing to shutter themselves indoors as meteorologists warn of a “life-threatening” deep freeze that has settled over the Midwest and is steadily headed southward and eastward.

In cities like Fargo, N.D. (with a forecast of 32 below zero) and Madison, Wis. (21 below) where dangerous, frigid temperatures are expected to last until at least Tuesday afternoon, conditions have been made even more severe by the glacial windchill. In Chicago, for instance, where it was reportedly colder at O’Hare International Airport than at the South Pole Monday morning, the wind chill dropped to 42 degrees below zero.

Meteorologists have warned that the below freezing temperatures, which will soon envelop parts of the East Coast as well, could cause frost bite “in minutes or even seconds.”

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