January 6th, 2014
03:57 AM ET

Deep South braces for deep freeze

Get ready for some of the coldest weather in decades.

About 140 million Americans are bracing for a polar blast that's barreling across the country this week, shattering records in some places..

Much of the United States will see the coldest temperatures in almost 20 years, the National Weather Service said. Some cities will experience temperatures 30 to 50 degrees below average.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
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  1. chrissy

    No kidding! I just spent almost 4 hours shoveling and trying to get my truck unstuck from being cross ways on my street. And i didnt see one plow truck out tonite! 8 inches of snow so far! Im really beginning to hate winter!

    January 6, 2014 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. flamespeak

    I just pretend it is the 90's and blame El Nino for everything that is wrong with the weather.

    January 6, 2014 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • El Niño

      I'm sorry.

      January 6, 2014 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    -15 below right now...it FINALLY stopped snowing.

    January 6, 2014 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. MI Snowman

    We've been hit hard & am glad I have 4 wheel drive. Winter needs to die already!

    January 6, 2014 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      That's the only reason I'm out and about: 4wd.

      January 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MI Snowman

      I'd never be without it. Snow tires, too.

      January 6, 2014 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Good morning folks.
    And wishing those facing hardship like @chrissy some relief and soon.

    January 6, 2014 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Lol im with you Mi snowman! I used to love living in michigan but not anymore! This crap is for the birds! And they still havent plowed! 3 freakin days of this and no plow trucks! Wth!

    January 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      They finally got around to plowing late last night here. My dog, who loves snow, said uh uh to this mess...

      January 6, 2014 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • MI Snowman

      We're at -29 at the moment. 30 mph winds. If the wind stopped we'd be at -1. Heat wave. Lol! I still like MI, tho. Winter is the pits, but, the rest of the seasons & the lakes make up for it.

      January 6, 2014 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    I have a park lane truck @ chrissy 😉 Sorry to hear about your troubles there. We got about 2 feet then it rained yesterday while today was sunny with bitter winds. Woo Hoo ;(

    January 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I was going to cry to you about what we are dealing with down here, (just kidding) but after learning about your stuff I'll just STHU.
    We're going to be a balmy 18 degrees tonight. Guess we'll go down to the beach.

    January 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lol. It's a lovely -13 right now...up two degrees from this morning. Salt is useless; too cold. The roads here look like those on "Ice Road Truckers".

      January 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I feel bad for you guys up there, It hits down here about every five to ten years, and when it does, it only lasts a couple days. We're supposed to be back in the low sixties by this weekend. I don't miss that weather up there at all. You guys just make sure you stay safe. I remember well what that weather can do.

      January 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Everything was closed today...and probably will be tomorrow, too. I don't mind. And hey! It's warming up! It's only -11 now...don't know WCF, though. Don't care, either. I'm inside.

      January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Warming up; it's -11 now. Woo hoo. Crack out the shorts.

      January 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    Yeah, when it gets below 20 it is. Hello @ banasy. How are you doing. Btw, just shove your dog in the cooler if he likes snow so much ... lol 😉

    January 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm fine, Mary; I hope you are the same. Not sure how she'd react if I shoved her in the freezer...she'd probably eat the food in there, lol.

      January 6, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    It is bitter cold but I am not complaining. My commute home today was the best yet and dinner was cooked for me. Our crazy dog loves the snow and I took him out to play. He conned me as his dad took him out 45 minutes earlier. I hope everyone is warm.

    January 6, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Your dog is certainly no dummy...

      January 6, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat)©

    It's So Cold...

    We had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post

    That the local flasher was caught *describing* himself to women.

    That the Statue of Liberty put the torch INSIDE her dress.

    The lawyers had their hands in their own pockets....

    This morning that I saw one dog jump starting another dog.

    When you opened the door to the house the small light in front went on!

    January 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    There were these three Eskimos in Alaska, and one time while they were
    at their local bar, they got to talking about how cold it was outside, and
    how cold their igloos were. They could agree on everything but whose igloo
    was the coldest, so they decided to determine who, indeed, had the coldest
    They went to the first Eskimo's igloo, where he said "Watch this!" and
    poured a cup of water into the air. Well, the water froze in mid-air and
    fell onto the floor.
    "Not bad" said the other Eskimos, but each maintained their igloo was
    colder still.
    So they went to the second Eskimo's igloo, and he said "Watch this!"
    and took a big breath and exhaled, whereupon his breath froze into a
    big lump and fell to the floor.
    "Wow, that's colder than mine! "said the first Eskimo. But the third
    Eskimo exclaimed his was colder still. So they ended up at the third
    Eskimo's igloo. He said "Watch this!" and went into the bedroom, threw
    back the thick furs, and retrieved one of several small balls of ice
    there. He took it, put it in a spoon, and held a match under it. When
    it heated up enough, it went "FFFAAAARRRRTTT".
    He won.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Color me surprised.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dazzle ©

    You know how he is. He knows Dad always does it but I am hesitant but he worked me. What a joy to see him dive into the snow.

    January 6, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      He's certainly cute. And manipulative.

      January 6, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat (in a hat)©

    The Indians asked their Chief in autumn if the winter was going to be cold or not. Not really knowing an answer, the chief replies that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared.

    Being a good leader, he then went to the next phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, "Is this winter to be cold?"

    The man on the phone responded, "This winter is going to be quite cold indeed."

    So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared. A week later he called the National Weather Service again, "Is it going to be a very cold winter?"

    "Yes", the man replied, "it's going to be a very cold winter."

    So the Chief goes back to his people and orders them to go and find every scrap of wood they can find. Two weeks later he calls the National Weather Service again: "Are you absolutely sure that the

    winter is going to be very cold?"

    "Absolutely," the man replies, "the Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"

    January 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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