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.


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.