Death toll rises to 7 and school cancellations blanket the Midwest as wind chills reach record lows

The midwest and northern parts of the country are experiencing record setting wind chills resulting in numerous school closings and a number of weather related deaths.

Tuesday morning a 55-year-old man was found frozen to death in his detached garage. It appeared he had been in the garage overnight and the garage door open when authorities arrived on the scene. Another death was reported Wednesday morning in Michigan after local police discovered the 70-year-old man, who had been reported missing just hours before, outside of his home.

Another death, although not weather related, was recorded when 75-year-old Donald Anderson was struck and killed by a local snow plow in Libertyville, Chicago as he was clearing the snow from his driveway outside his home. How the accident occurred has yet to be revealed and the employee operating the plow has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

In Northern Indiana a local Police officer and his wife were left dead after their SUV slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The road was iced over and covered with snow when the accident occurred and the deaths have been reported as weather-related.

The record-breaking wind chills have given universities all over the affected region no choice but to cancel classes and shut down campus for the remainder of the week. Notable campuses among these closings are Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Purdue.

Good news for residents and students, temperatures are expected to climb back into the teens and even the low 20’s in some areas as we reach the early parts of the weekend.

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