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Temperature records dating back more than a century began to tumble in the Southeast early Thursday as a weather phenomenon known as the "Siberian Express" blanketed the eastern third of the nation in subzero temperatures.
Parts of Kentucky had already entered the record books by 4 a.m. ET, with almost all of the state between zero and -10 F according to The Weather Channel.
Schools in Chicago have closed and trains in the north-east corridor have been affected by the cold.
Extreme cold warnings are also in effect in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.
Frigid temperatures are expected to continue into Friday.
Record lows have already been broken in Kentucky, where it was -8F (-22C) on Thursday morning in Paducah and most of state was below 0F.
Weather forecasters believe the cold air will help break more than 100 daily record lows, NBC News reports.
Is this normal? I find It strange that the east is frozen while the west coast where I live has not even dipped below 0c most of this month. Crazy weather? or HAARP? New ice age coming? Or my tin foil hat is too tight...?