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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Minnesota 'colder than Mars'

Five facts about the US cold snap:

  • At -38C, Babbitt, Minnesota has been colder than Mars in recent days. It was also the coldest place in the United States on Monday according to the National Weather Service.
  • People have been warned frostbites could set in on uncovered skin within minutes if they go outside.
  • Some 4,000 flights were canceled and 7,500 delayed, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks airline activity.
  • Temperatures were 11 to 22C below average in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska.
  • The coldest temperatures in years and gusty winds were expected as far south as Brownsville, Texas, and central Florida, the National Weather Service said.

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