Mid­west gets deep freeze af­ter snow

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS: A deep freeze set in across the Mid­west yes­ter­day with low tem­per­a­tures forecast in the sin­gle dig­its and a few be­low zero, turn­ing the sea­son’s first ma­jor snow into ice that made some roads treach­er­ous to travel. Af­ter snow on Fri­day and Satur­day across much of the re­gion, tem­per­a­tures plunged be­hind the front. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice forecast 20 de­grees or lower across six states from North Dakota to Illi­nois. Fargo, North Dakota, could dip to 11 de­grees. Madi­son, Wis­con­sin, could see 7 de­grees and Des Moines 12.

Parts of Iowa, north­west Illi­nois and southern Wis­con­sin could reach be­low zero, the weather ser­vice said. In Min­neapo­lis, where dozens of peo­ple hud­dled around fires to stay warm at an en­camp­ment out­side a po­lice sta­tion to protest the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man by of­fi­cers there last week, the tem­per­a­ture was ex­pected to reach 18 de­grees early yes­ter­day.

Chicago was to see a low of 9 de­grees and around 20 de­grees at noon when the Chicago Bears took on the Den­ver Bron­cos in an NFL game at Sol­dier Field. The first snow­fall of the sea­son brought amounts rang­ing from a few inches to 20 from South Dakota through Michi­gan ear­lier in the week­end. In the southern Wis­con­sin town of Janesville, be­tween 10 and 20 inches of snow had fallen by late Satur­day af­ter­noon, the weather ser­vice said.

South­side True Value Hard­ware man­ager Matt Krienke said busi­ness had been good in the days lead­ing up to the storm, but that it had be­come “very, very, very, very slick”. “Peo­ple who don’t need to drive don’t need to be out,” he said. Chicago’s O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port had recorded 7 inches of snow by mid­day Satur­day, which forced the can­cel­la­tion of hun­dreds of flights. But oper­a­tions were ex­pected to re­turn to nor­mal yes­ter­day with only a few can­cel­la­tions. — AP

KENOSHA, Wis­con­sin: A boy slides down packed snow on his stairs as an­other boy looks on while they play out­side on Satur­day. — AP

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