US Temperatures Hit 38 Below Zero (Incl Video)

Overnight temperatures hit minus 38 degrees in North Dakota last night, prompting fears of winter kill for any unprotected wheat.

Winds of up to 25 miles/hour added to the discomfort, driving temperatures down as low as minus 55 including the wind chill factor.

Actual lows tonight are forecast in the minus 20-30 degrees region, before warming up into the weekend and through next week.

Longer-term however, more very cold weather is predicted for the Plains and western Midwest starting around Jan 23rd.

Further east, temperatures in Chicago are forecast to drop below zero tonight, and remain below zero through until Friday morning, giving the windy city its first calendar day of sub-zero temperatures since 1996.