Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Bitter Cold Strikes Northern Plains, Great Lakes Regions

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Bitter Cold Strikes Northern Plains, Great Lakes Regions

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CHICAGO - The arctic air mass that froze water pipes in Minnesota this weekend is sticking around in some parts of the upper Midwest. El Nino brought about a mild winter at the beginning, but a blast of dangerously cold temperatures moved east across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes on Sunday.

Temperatures bottomed out at 36 degrees below in Fosston in northwest Minnesota. It was so cold in western Minnesota that traffic lights went dark Sunday morning in Montevideo when a transformer blew, and in northern Minnesota, one homeowner's bid to thaw pipes caused a fire that led to $37,000 in damage, WDIO-TV reported.

Meanwhile, parts of Illinois were in the single digits Monday, the second day with such frigid air. It was the same in southern Indiana, where officials trying to stem the spread of a bird flu virus in turkey farms over the holiday weekend ran into problems when hoses that sprayed a poultry-suffocating foam froze. …

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