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Tow truck personnel work to remove an overturned semi in the median of Interstate 90 southeast of Rochester, Minn. Photo: Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP
The coldest air in decades is infiltrating the Upper Midwest, and at least 88 million people will see temperatures dip below 0°F by the end of this week, Axios Science editor Andrew Freedman reports.
Driving the news: The stratospheric polar vortex — which is a whirl of low pressure at upper levels of the atmosphere over the pole — was knocked askew in early January, increasing the odds of cold outbreaks in the U.S. and Europe.
By the numbers: In Minneapolis, this will be the coldest weather since at least 1996. In Chicago, no one under the age of 25 has experienced such cold weather, as the last such outbreak was Jan. 18–20 1994.
The big picture: The globe as a whole, however, is still much warmer than normal, and scientists say the cold snap in parts of the U.S. in no way invalidates the overwhelming scientific evidence showing the planet is warming over the longer term due to the burning of fossil fuels for energy.
Go deeper: Andrew explains more of what's going on.
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