Arctic Blast Cripples U.S. days before Christmas

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A”once-in-a-generation” storm sweeping across the central and western United States this week is set to cause temperatures to plunge as low as -70 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), raising the risk of frostbite.

Frostbite—which can occur on exposed body parts like faces, cheeks, fingers, and toes during the extreme cold—has been flagged as a cause for concern as “record-breaking cold and life-threatening wind chills” move from the Great Plains towards the Midwest, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, and the Northeast.

In cases of frostbite, the affected parts feel cold and painful, and, in extreme cases, the condition can lead to the death of the tissue—which might then need to be amputated.

Over 200 million Americans—about 60 percent of the U.S. population—across the country have been placed under weather alerts this weekend when conditions are expected to worsen in many places


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