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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.

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  • 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.
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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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DOJ cites discrimination in lawsuit against Texas over voting districts

Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers remarks at the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Department of Justice on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas, alleging Republican state lawmakers discriminated against Black and Latino voters and "again.. diluted the voting strength of minority Texans" when they approved new redistricting maps.

Why it matters: A DOJ assessment of the new districts found that they violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference.

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Biden to warn Putin U.S. will add troops in Eastern Europe if Russia invades Ukraine

Putin meets Biden in Geneva. Photo: Peter Klaunzer - Pool/Keystone via Getty

President Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin when they speak on Tuesday that if Russia invades Ukraine, the U.S. is prepared to increase its troop presence, capabilities and military exercises on NATO's "eastern flank," a senior administration official told reporters.

Why it matters: The administration believes it's increasingly likely that Putin will order an invasion.

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U.S. announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

An Olympic-themed sculpture in Beijing on Dec. 1. Photo: Hou Yu/China News Service via Getty Images

The U.S. announced Monday that it will not send officials to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in protest of human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Why it matters: The diplomatic boycott — which won't prevent American athletes from competing — marks a major escalation between the U.S. and China amid already heightened tensions over the CCP's treatment of Muslim minorities, military threats to Taiwan and economic tariffs.

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