Nov 12, 2019

Arctic blast set to spread across the U.S. in record cold snap

Snow falls in Humboldt Park, Chicago, on Monday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Snow cancelled some 1,000 flights at Chicago airports Monday as an arctic blast brings freezing temperatures to tens of millions of people across the U.S. this week, AP reports.

Why it matters: The National Weather Service (NWS) warns "widespread record cold" is possible for much of the country this week. It says 385 cold records could tumble from the Plains to the East Coast through Thursday.

  • Per AP, "The snow and ice was just the first punch from a weather system that pushed frigid air from Siberia across an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast."

What's happening: The ferocious snowstorm appears to have already claimed its first victims. New England on Eaton County Sheriff's Office said "very poor road conditions were a factor" in a triple fatal crash in Michigan on Monday.

  • Winter doesn't officially start until Dec. 22, but the wintry conditions have caused chaos at airports in Chicago. Video posted to social media shows an American Airlines plane in Chicago sliding off the runway while landing in icy conditions at O'Hare International Airport Monday morning.

What to expect: "The arctic airmass that has settled across much of the northern and central U.S. will continue to push south and eastward, spreading the much below average temperatures into the Southeast and East on Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday," the NWS said.

"Much of the central and eastern U.S. will be enveloped in a region of much below average temperatures over the next two days, along with potential for widespread record cold morning low temperatures and record low afternoon high temperatures."

By the numbers: NWS meteorologist Kevin Birk told AP Denver saw temperatures that exceeded 70 degrees. They'd plunged to 14 degrees by early Monday.

  • Birk said Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa could all see temperatures plummet to the single digits or low teens — and Chicago's forecast high of 21 degree "would be a full seven degrees lower than the previous record set for Nov. 12," AP reports.

Go deeper: In photos: Snowstorm pummels the Northern Plains

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China approves Hong Kong national security law

Hong Kong riot police round up a group of protesters during a demonstration on Wednesday. Photo: Willie Siau/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Chinese lawmakers approved a plan on Thursday for a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong that would criminalize sedition, foreign influence and secession in the Asian financial hub.

Why it matters: China bypassed Hong Kong's legislature and chief executive to introduce the law, prompting Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to announce Wednesday that the city is no longer autonomous from the Chinese mainland and does not warrant special treatment under U.S. law. President Trump indicated Tuesday that he planned to announced further sanctions against China over the move.

Go deeper: Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Minneapolis unrest as hundreds protest death of George Floyd

Protesters and police clash during demonstration on Wednesday over the death of George Floyd in custody outside the Third Police Precinct. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

A man died in a Minneapolis shooting during a second night of clashes between police and protesters in the city over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody, per AP.

The latest: Police said officers were responding to reports of a stabbing just before 9:30 p.m. and found a man lying in "grave condition on the sidewalk" with a gunshot wound, CBS Minnesota reports. On man is in custody over the incident.

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