You probably have an idea of what its like at zero degree celsius or just below. But do you know what it feels like when the temperatures drop to less than -20 degrees?
With temperatures dropping down to a steep -40 degree celsius, most parts of North America are now frozen, thanks to the Arctic polar vortex.
The polar vortex is a wind system that is centered around the North Pole. However, this year it has shifted southwards, engulfing North America in a thick layer of ice and snow.
Reports also reveal that for the first time in history temperatures have dipped this low in the US.
Despite the record-breaking and spine-chilling cold, people in the mid-West have been trying to sustain themselves.
The railway tracks are being set on fire to ensure that they continue to function, and that communication systems are not disrupted.
It's so cold in Chicago that workers are setting fire to railroad tracks just to keep the trains moving. The extreme cold — around -22 F Wednesday morning — can cause rail defects. https://t.co/7NG3VKuPYV pic.twitter.com/vzGRJg5AVs— CNN (@CNN) January 30, 2019
People are trying to show exactly how cold it is outside by throwing boiling water into the air.
Even the water thrown on a glass window from the inside is freezing.
It is so cold right now in Chicago that, according to reports, stepping out of the house even for 5 minutes can lead to frostbites.