US temperatures set to plummet to record lows

Parts of America and Canada are experiencing near record-breaking low temperatures from a severe winter storm that has claimed at least 16 lives.

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Giant ice boulders found on Lake Michigan shore

Giant ice boulders have been formed along the shores of Lake Michigan, as freezing conditions in the US continues to impact the Midwest.

Footage of the ice boulders, which have formed in the freezing waters of Lake Michigan, was captured in Glen Arbor and shared on the town's local Facebook page.

The giant ice balls started as small chunks of ice, before growing layer by layer in sub zero water, with some locals claiming they are as big as 50cm in diameter.

The rare nationwide chill which has been caused by the so-called "polar vortex" - an Arctic low pressure system - is expected to keep a grip on much of the country for at least another day, with cutting winds and blizzards posing the most danger.

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Niagara Falls frozen in time amid Arctic chill

The Niagara Falls have been partly frozen into a cascade of icicles as a result of the extremely cold weather in Canada and the US.

These photos show the US side of the falls pictured from Ontario in Canada on Wednesday.

The US side of the Niagara Falls Credit: REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Part of the roaring waterfall frozen over Credit: REUTERS/Aaron Harris
Niagara Falls pictured from Canadian side Credit: REUTERS/Aaron Harris

US town of Hell freezes over thanks to polar vortex

Hell has finally frozen over - at least as far as a US town is concerned where temperatures have plummeted well below freezing.

The small town of Hell in the state of Michigan saw temperatures drop to -20C and the 600 residents in the area have had to deal with deep snow that has left many vehicles stranded.

The sign on the 'gates of Hell'. Credit: Reuters.
The town has frozen over. Credit: Reuters
A sign for the sign is barely visible under the snow. Credit: Reuters
The gates to the town. Credit: Reuters

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NY's Central Park reaches record low temperature

New York's Central Park hit a record low temperature for January 7 of -16C (4 degrees Fahrenheit) but with winds gusting to 32 miles per hour conditions felt far colder, according to the US National Weather Service.

At least four dead as deep freeze grips United States

A woman walks through a gust of blowing snow in downtown Chicago Credit: Reuters

At least four people have been killed as an Arctic front continues to grip the United States bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades.

The weather-related deaths reported include a 48-year-old Chicago man who had a heart attack while shoveling snow on Sunday and an elderly woman who was found outside her Indianapolis home on Monday.

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