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Cold weather blasts North America
The eastern half of Canada and the USA are gripped by Arctic conditions.
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2013 11:05

An Arctic blast has gripped North America over the last few days. Bitter weather and icy winds have dragged the temperatures down over many eastern parts of both Canada and the USA.

Snow has added to the misery, with more than 250 mm falling in parts of Michigan this week. The snow is known as 'lake-effect snow' because the air picks up moisture as it passes over the Great Lakes and delivers it as snow to the opposite coast. This is a regular hazard of the winters in North America.


ERIC MILLER/REUTERS
Temperatures have plunged across North America, turning what had been a relatively mild winter into a bitterly cold one.


ERIC MILLER/REUTERS
The maximum temperature in Minneapolis on Monday 21 January was a bitter minus 19C (-2F). The biting wind ensured that the weather felt colder still.


Owen Watson/Al Jazeera
The thick ice on the plants shows that it's clearly very cold at Niagara Falls in Canada too.


Owen Watson/Al Jazeera
This tourist still looks cold despite his two coats and panda balaclava.


JOHN GRESS/REUTERS
On Tuesday night, a huge fire engulfed a warehouse in Chicago. Fire department officials said it is the biggest fire the department has had to battle in years.


JOHN GRESS/REUTERS
As firefighters poured water on the flames, the bitter conditions quickly turned the water to ice.


JOHN GRESS/REUTERS
Huge icicles formed on the building, and everything around it was encased in ice.


JOHN GRESS/REUTERS
One-third of all firefighters in Chicago were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames.


Julio Cortez/AP
In trailer parks, like this one in Union Beach, New Jersey, residents are using straw to insulate their homes. Some people are still living in temporary accommodation after the storm Sandy hit the region.


Dale Gerhard/AP
The shoreline along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey is buried under thick ice.


JUSTIN LANE/EPA
Temperatures dropped below freezing in New York on Monday 21 January, and have remained below freezing ever since.


DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
The strong winds ensured the weather felt even colder than it was. The maximum temperature in New York on Monday was -7C, but it felt more like -17C.


SHANNON STAPLETON/Reuters
The cold weather is expected to gradually ease over the weekend, with temperatures perhaps just nudging above freezing in New York on Sunday.



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Temperatures have plunged across North America, turning what had been a relatively mild winter into a bitterly cold one.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0fnBdzr1Ki12kERIC MILLERREUTERSReuters Pictures

Temperatures have plunged across North America, turning what had been a relatively mild winter into a bitterly cold one.

Arctic weather hits Minnesota
Frozen Lake Harriethttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=01hw0Uibflemh

The maximum temperature in Minneapolis on Monday 21 January was a bitter minus 19C (-2F). The biting wind ensured that the weather felt colder still.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:02:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=01hw0UibflemhERIC MILLERREUTERSReuters Pictures

The maximum temperature in Minneapolis on Monday 21 January was a bitter minus 19C (-2F). The biting wind ensured that the weather felt colder still.

Frozen Lake Harriet
Frosty at the fallshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0fKt5ezbHBaPN

The thick ice on the plants shows that it's clearly very cold at Niagara Falls in Canada too.

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0fKt5ezbHBaPNOwen WatsonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The thick ice on the plants shows that it's clearly very cold at Niagara Falls in Canada too.

Frosty at the falls
As many layers as an onionhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0a1v8WQ00L8f7

This tourist still looks cold despite his two coats and panda balaclava.

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0a1v8WQ00L8f7Owen WatsonAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

This tourist still looks cold despite his two coats and panda balaclava.

As many layers as an onion
Fighting fires in Chicagohttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0c91b2id1S8ma

On Tuesday night, a huge fire engulfed a warehouse in Chicago. Fire department officials said it is the biggest fire the department has had to battle in years.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0c91b2id1S8maJOHN GRESSREUTERSReuters Pictures

On Tuesday night, a huge fire engulfed a warehouse in Chicago. Fire department officials said it is the biggest fire the department has had to battle in years.

Fighting fires in Chicago
Fire to icehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=04Cs8xO7xb3pb

As firefighters poured water on the flames, the bitter conditions quickly turned the water to ice.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:31:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=04Cs8xO7xb3pbJOHN GRESSREUTERSReuters Pictures

As firefighters poured water on the flames, the bitter conditions quickly turned the water to ice.

Fire to ice
Everything turned to icehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=00sF7zkaX92G0

Huge icicles formed on the building, and everything around it was encased in ice.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=00sF7zkaX92G0JOHN GRESSREUTERSReuters Pictures

Huge icicles formed on the building, and everything around it was encased in ice.

Everything turned to ice
Dancing on icehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0ayJ3yueV0aIy

One-third of all firefighters in Chicago were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0ayJ3yueV0aIyJOHN GRESSREUTERSReuters Pictures

One-third of all firefighters in Chicago were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames.

Dancing on ice
The last strawhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0b5P8Pd8yq4PJ

In trailer parks, like this one in Union Beach, New Jersey, residents are using straw to insulate their homes. Some people are still living in temporary accommodation after the storm Sandy hit the region.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:28:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0b5P8Pd8yq4PJJulio CortezAPAP Photo

In trailer parks, like this one in Union Beach, New Jersey, residents are using straw to insulate their homes. Some people are still living in temporary accommodation after the storm Sandy hit the region.

The last straw
Coated coastlineshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=09Fk2Y05Y18v3

The shoreline along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey is buried under thick ice.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:46:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=09Fk2Y05Y18v3Dale GerhardAPAP Photo

The shoreline along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey is buried under thick ice.

Coated coastlines
Start spreading the newshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=05DI1fy0GybBx

Temperatures dropped below freezing in New York on Monday 21 January, and have remained below freezing ever since.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=05DI1fy0GybBxJUSTIN LANEEPAEPA Images

Temperatures dropped below freezing in New York on Monday 21 January, and have remained below freezing ever since.

Start spreading the news
Cold feethttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=08jBbrSf625sA

The strong winds ensured the weather felt even colder than it was. The maximum temperature in New York on Monday was -7C, but it felt more like -17C.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:59:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=08jBbrSf625sADON EMMERTAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

The strong winds ensured the weather felt even colder than it was. The maximum temperature in New York on Monday was -7C, but it felt more like -17C.

Cold feet
As cold as icehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0fHKaY92vq1YS

The cold weather is expected to gradually ease over the weekend, with temperatures perhaps just nudging above freezing in New York on Sunday.

Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:32:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/North-American-deep-freeze?image_id=0fHKaY92vq1YSSHANNON STAPLETONReutersReuters Pictures

The cold weather is expected to gradually ease over the weekend, with temperatures perhaps just nudging above freezing in New York on Sunday.

As cold as ice


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