Chicago's public schools will be closed for the next two days, WGN reported. Wind chills in northern Illinois could fall to minus 55 degrees, the television station reported. The high temperature in Chicago is forecast to be minus-14 degrees; which would break a record set on Jan. 18, 1994, WGN reported. The temperature that day was minus 11 degrees, WBBM reported.
State offices are closed in many of the affected areas, and postal workers will not be delivering mail in parts of 10 states.
According to FlightAware.com, more than 2,700 flights involving U.S. airports were canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday, CNN reported.
Amtrak also canceled all service to and from Chicago on Wednesday due to the weather, WBBM reported.