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Bitter cold strikes Northern Plains, Great Lakes regions

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An arctic air mass froze water pipes in Minnesota and led officials in Chicago to ask residents to check on neighbors as bitter cold conditions struck the upper Midwest.

Thanks to El Nino, winter got off to a mild start. But a blast of dangerous cold was moving east across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes.

Temperatures bottomed out at 36 degrees below in Fosston in northwest Minnesota.

More than 800 miles to the southeast, wind chills in Indianapolis were expected to plummet to 20 degrees below zero.

Temperatures in parts of Illinois were in the single digits.

According to KWWL Meteorologist Kyle Kiel, wind-chill numbers could drop 20-40 degrees below zero overnight Sunday into Monday in parts of eastern Iowa.

(Partial information was provided by KWWL and the Associated Press...)

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