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The Deep freeze expected to ease Thursday

The weather system that put much of the Midwest into a historic deep freeze was expected to ease Thursday, though temperatures could still reach record lows in some places before the region begins to thaw out.

Chicago dropped to a low of around minus 23, slightly above the city's lowest-ever reading of minus 27 from January 1985
The extreme cold is putting pressure on utility systems throughout the affected regions. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked residents of the Michigan Lower Peninsula to turn down the heat

Governor Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Michigan

One utility provider was seen handing out space heaters during an outage in Minnesota. Some local residents were notified with a late night phone call.

Courtney Bauer, No Heat In Home

The blast of polar air that enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday closed schools and businesses and strained infrastructure with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze snapped rail lines, canceled hundreds of flights and strained utilities.
More than two dozen vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash just after 1 p.m. Wednesday about 60 miles west of Philadelphia, authorities said some cars, however, were just stuck at the crash site and not damaged.

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