NASA has revealed a chilling video of the deadly polar vortex which has wreaked havoc across the US.
Tens of millions of people in the Mid West have endured a deadly deep freeze, with parts quickly dropping below -60 degrees Celsius – the average temperature on Mars.
The shocking weather storm has killed more than two dozen people and left hundreds more suffering from frostbite.
NASA’s Earth-observing Aqua satellite was able to capture the killer system’s eerie movement across northern parts of the globe.
In Illinois alone, hospitals reported more than 220 cases of frostbite and hypothermia since Tuesday, when the polar vortex moved in and overnight temperatures plunged.
“I definitely saw more frostbite than I’ve ever seen in my entire career just in the last three days,” said Dr Andrea Rowland-Fischer at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis
Many got frostbite on their way to work after being exposed to the cold for a short time, often on their hands, feet, ears and face.
That included people whose cars would not start or who got stuck outside for other reasons, as well as those who just did not think they could get frostbitten so went outside without protective clothing.
I definitely saw more frostbite than I’ve ever seen in my entire career just in the last three days
Dr. Andrea Rowland-Fischer
Several required “maximal treatment,” admission to the hospital’s burn unit for therapies that include drugs to restore circulation to try to avoid amputations.
Some of them will probably still require amputations, a decision usually made by burn doctors four to 10 days after the injury.
In Raymond, New Hampshire, the driver of a state Department of Transportation vehicle was struck in the head Thursday after ice and snow flew off a truck ahead and broke through the windshield.
The driver was hospitalised with a laceration to the head and other injuries.
By Saturday, the deep freeze had mostly abated, with temperatures climbing as high as the low 20s (minus 5 or 6 Celsius) in Minneapolis and Chicago.
SALA PLANE FOUND
Emiliano Sala’s plane wreckage found in search for missing Prem striker
Cops hunting missing student, 21, recover lipgloss, hammer and screwdriver
‘SIX MINUTES OF HELL’
Female pharmacist is dragged into back room and raped by customer
Autistic boy, 19, attacked with knuckle duster in second beating in a month
MINI MAC’S MUM?
Mother of Conor McGregor’s ‘love child’ pictured at seven months pregnant
Three people injured in ‘noxious substance’ attack outside Tesco Express
The weather was thought to be a factor in at least 27 deaths, including a 90-year-old Michigan woman who died of hypothermia after locking herself out of her home while feeding birds
A motorist also died during a snowstorm Friday after striking a salt truck that had pulled off the side of Interstate 70 in central Indiana.
Others died after freezing outdoors or in unheated homes or while shovelling snow.