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19 Pictures That Show Just How Cold It Is In The Midwest

Extreme cold has descended over the Midwest as its residents brace for potentially life-threatening and frigid temperatures.

Posted on January 30, 2019, at 12:36 p.m. ET

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Frost covers University of Minnesota student Daniel Dylla's face during a morning jog along Mississippi River Parkway on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

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Ice floats on Lake Michigan in Chicago on Wednesday morning.

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The Chicago skyline, as seen from North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan on Tuesday.

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A pedestrian stops to take a photo of the Chicago River on Tuesday.

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Icicles form on the walkway at North Avenue Beach of Lake Michigan in Chicago on Tuesday.

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Evan Roberts is covered in frost while jogging across the Stone Arch Bridge on Tuesday in Minneapolis.

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A pedestrian walks by the Chicago River on Tuesday.

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A worker shovels snow off the rail switches at Chicago's Metra Western Avenue Coach Yard on Tuesday.

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A statue is coated with a layer of snow in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday.

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A sign outside an elementary school in Moorhead, Minnesota, says that classes are canceled due to frigid temperatures on Tuesday.

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Jan White clears snow from his driveway on Monday, following a winter snowstorm that made its way through Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Ice covers a traffic sign in Madison, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

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A cyclist passes through heavy frost in southwest Minneapolis as temperatures in the area dipped below freezing overnight on Tuesday.

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Children play in the snow as they shovel their home's driveway on Monday in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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Kim Stewart helps put out blankets at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen on Tuesday in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Pastor John Steger embraces Jearline Cyrus, a woman who is homeless, in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday while delivering cold-weather gear, hot chocolate, and food.

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Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, seen covered in ice and snow on Tuesday.

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Commuters brave the frigid weather on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

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Snow covers Ohio Street Beach in Chicago on Wednesday morning.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.