January 6th, 2014
08:50 PM ET

Historic freeze covers two-thirds of U.S.

A fast-moving cold front is thrusting two-thirds of the U.S. into an ice-box. Temperatures for tens of millions of Americans are plunging into the single digits.

In New York, the thermometer is expected to dip as low as 5 degrees. But that's balmy compared to other parts of the U.S. where this "polar vortex" is shattering decades-old records.

'Historic and life-threatening' freeze brings rare danger warning

Fargo North Dakota is expected to hit negative 24 degrees. Minneapolis and Indianapolis to hit near 15 below and the frigid air forcing schools and government offices in several states to close.

There are delays building at the nation's airports and the black ice is causing places like Indianapolis to make it illegal for anyone to drive except for emergencies.

CNN's Ted Rowlands is in Chicago with more.

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