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These are the chilling photos of the polar vortex in Chicago

A polar vortex swept through the Midwest this week, carrying with it extreme low temperatures in a few areas. Chicago, which was especially hard-hit, dipped under – 20 degrees on Thursday, with wind chill bringing temperatures down into the rankling – 40s.

The cold snap has claimed the lives of at least eight individuals and a zebra, and close down mail services in a few states. In excess of 1,000 flights have been deferred and more than 2,000 have been canceled into and out of the US Thursday, as indicated by FlightAware. The New York Times reports that number topped 2,700 on Wednesday. At least 7,000 people lost power thanks to frozen gas pipes, which also spawned this wild, rambling op-ed in the Chicago Tribune.

Below Are the Wildest Photos of the Polar Vortex Rocking Chicago

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