SHEFFIELD SNOW ALERT: Met Office weather warning issued for city

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Blizzard conditions are predicted across parts of the western Ohio Valley and snow is expected Tuesday through Wednesday from the Great Lakes region into New England, the weather service said. Average delays at both airports were lasting less than 15 minutes. Wind chills in northern IL could fall to 55 degrees below zero, which the National Weather Service called "possibly life threatening". Most of the area sees just snow, but our far southeastern counties will likely see a mix transition into rain. Americans are already stuggling with burst pipes across the Midwest as temperatures dropped to terrifyingly low levels.

Meanwhile, even more extreme and unsafe cold is expected this week from the Northern Plains through the Great Lakes, with lows in the negative 30s and 40s and wind chills as low as the negative 60s from Wednesday through Thursday.

"I can not stress how dangerously cold it will be", said Mike Doll, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.

Check out more weather maps and forecast models. Thursday's record low of -12 degrees could fall as well.

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The U.S. Midwest and Northeast were braced for risky subzero temperatures this week, as the polar vortex was set to blast arctic conditions unusually far south, the National Weather Service said on Monday.

Temperatures aren't expected to rise above freezing again until Saturday afternoon, reaching the mid-30s.

There is an outside chance low temperatures in Chicago touch minus 20 on consecutive days Wednesday and Thursday, which has happened only four other times in recorded history.

"This is a bonafide arctic airmass", tweeted Sam Lillo, a meteorology researcher at the University of Oklahoma, noting temperatures at high altitudes may rival the coldest ever recorded in the contiguous United States.

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The most brutal cold is expected to hit the area between North Dakota and IL, with temperatures of 20 to 40 degrees below zero and windchills of up to 60 degrees below zero.

In Wisconsin, plow drivers were having a hard time keeping up with the snow in Sheboygan. But, before the cold arrives, we have a little snow in the forecast.

The weather service noted that the "harshest conditions" are anticipated from North Dakota to northern IL. The county's courts and nonessential services will be closed Monday. Officials have issued a travel alert for north-central, northeastern and southeastern North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow.

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