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The overnight snowfall closed Columbus City Schools on Wednesday and threw a wrench in ACT testing for high school juniors. 

National Weather Service meteorologists say the wild weather swings we've experienced this winter will continue into the spring.

Even though Cleveland was colder than the North Pole (Alaska, at least) on account of the Polar Vortex, the weather is going to shift dramatically warmer in a matter of days.

Ohio Woman Found Dead As Polar Vortex Begins Retreat

Jan 31, 2019
Commuters braves the wind and snow in frigid weather, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

The painfully cold weather holding much of the Midwest in a historic deep freeze sent temperatures plunging to record lows Thursday in several cities as the system marched east. But a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees was expected within days.

Infrastructure Suffers In The Freeze And Thaw Cycle

Jan 30, 2019

Northeast Ohio was promised extreme arctic temperatures, and that's what it got.

A wind chill warning bridged Tuesday and Thursday, with wind chill values around -30 degrees at times.

The forecast shows Northeast Ohio could be in for temperatures in the 50s in a matter of days, and the freeze and thaw could bring potholes and other strains on infrastructure, especially water pipes.

Updated Jan. 31 at 9:48 a.m. ET

How cold is it in the Upper Midwest today? It's so cold that if you toss boiling hot water in the air, it may turn to ice crystals. (Be careful out there and always check which way the wind is blowing, folks. People tend to scald themselves doing this.)

Commuters braves the wind and snow in frigid weather, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Cincinnati.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

As dangerously low temperatures hit Columbus on Tuesday night, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department extended community center hours of operation.

Updated Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. ET

Extreme cold is forcing the U.S. Postal Service to shut down mail delivery in parts of 10 states in the Great Plains and Midwest, reflecting the perilous threat of a polar vortex that's bringing record-low temperatures and biting winds to a broad swath of the U.S.

"Some places could see wind chill readings as low as 60 below zero," the postal service said in announcing the rare decision to keep its mail carriers from making their rounds on Wednesday.

The polar vortex sliding south into the Midwest is sending temperatures to their lowest levels in more than 30 years and, in some cases, setting records.

While it usually sits over the Arctic, the polar vortex is being pushed south by an unseasonably warm air mass to the north.

The life-threatening cold is paralyzing the region — closing schools, businesses and courthouses; grounding flights; and keeping millions confined to their homes.

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Update Jan. 30: The Ohio State University will reopen Thursday, but classes that start before 11 a.m. are canceled. Columbus City Schools has canceled all classes and activities Thursday as well, although Mayor Andrew Ginther's "State Of The City" address will continue as planned.

Record-shattering cold, heavy snow and howling winds are descending on a broad swath of the U.S., the National Weather Service says. It's the result of one of the coldest arctic air masses to hit the country in recent memory, the agency says, forecasting bitter conditions in areas from the Upper Midwest to many Eastern states.

Warning of a "very dangerous and life-threatening arctic blast," the weather service predicts that the next several days could see "widespread record lows and low maximum temperatures from the Upper Midwest to the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley."

Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press

Marion County Emergency workers say floodwaters are beginning to recede, but with temperatures dropping, the department's shifting its focus to icy roads. 

Kai Yee on a Cleveland construction site in winter
Adrian Ma / Ideastream

For people who work indoors, snow, ice, and subfreezing temperatures are often nothing more than an inconvenience. But for construction companies and their employees, harsh winter weather can be something more—a financial and physical hazard.

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