January 27

Below-zero temperatures paralyze Midwest again

Wind chills in the minus 40s were expected in Minneapolis, while in Milwaukee the chill hit minus 23 by mid-afternoon.

By Don Babwin
The Associated Press

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Anthony LaPorte of Jackson is covered in snow after snowblowing out his driveway and sidewalk on the northeast side Jackson, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Gusting winds and blowing snow caused whiteout conditions Monday that made travel treacherous on some Michigan roadways, and hundreds of schools closed because of the severe weather.

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A lone bicyclist makes his way down a snow covered street onon the northeast side Jackson, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Gusting winds and blowing snow caused whiteout conditions Monday that made travel treacherous on some Michigan roadways, and hundreds of schools closed because of the severe weather.

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But the chill also seems to trigger some bad behavior as well, he said.

"They get in and they say they have to smoke because it's so cold," Patel said.

Still, he said, he can pick up a lot of fares in a short time. "They are going a block, sometimes only a half block," Patel said.

The frigid weather also sent runners inside to health clubs or into stores to buy treadmills.

"Treadmills and ellipticals are the No. 1 seller now that conditions are terrible," said Dave O'Malley, manager of Chicago Home Fitness.

In Milwaukee, Michael Comerford, a 33-year-old barista, said Monday that he is making far fewer lattes than normal but expects the trend to reverse once the severe chill subsides.

"Once it gets warmer, like the single digits or teens, it feels like a heat wave so people come out again," he said.

It is the same for Brandon Kulosa, whose business is getting rid of critters that become dissatisfied with their homes and move into ours.

"They hunker down when it gets this cold," said Kulosa, co-owner of Animal Trackers Wildlife Co. in suburban Chicago.

Not only that, he said, but the ones that already have gotten into your attic seem to recognize they have it pretty good and should not draw attention to themselves and risk eviction.

"You could have a raccoon up in your attic just sleeping," said his partner, Tony Miltz. "They're not going anywhere."

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Iowa state patrol officers block Sundown Road going south out of Peosta, Iowa, on Monday due to heavy drifting and blowing snow.

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Roger Homrich has snow accumulate on his hat and jacket as he clears snow from a Bridge St. sidewalk in Grand Rapids, Mich., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Grand Rapids is experiencing single digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills.

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A worker clears the sidewalk at The Radisson Hotel in downtown Fargo, N.D., as temperatures of 20 degrees below zero and snow overnight brought out the shovels and snowblowers Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.The deep freeze that hit earlier this month has returned, bringing with it wind chills ranging from the negative teens to 40s, cancelations of schools, trains, flights and signs of resignation from parents forced to bring kids to work and residents who are tired of bundling up.

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