January 5, 2014
Americans need to prepare for bone-chilling cold they probably haven’t experienced in years.
A deep freeze gush of wind is rapidly spreading across a large part of the United States this following weekend.
Sunday temperatures are expected to hit 30 degrees below zero in North Dakota and other sections of the Plains and Midwest; the wind chill will make it feel like minus 50, the National Weather Service said.
By Wednesday, nearly half the nation — 140 million people — will shiver in temperatures of zero or lower.
The arctic blast threatens to sweep subzero lows as far south as Alabama and plunge much of the Deep South into the single digits.
Winter weather in the past week has claimed at least 13 lives, CNN has confirmed.
Eleven people died in road accidents — including one man crushed as he was moving street salt with a forklift.
A man in Wisconsin died of hypothermia. And in Byron, New York, a 71-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease wandered away from her home Thursday night and was found dead in the snow in a wooded area about 100 yards away.