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Four Die as Deep Freeze Keeps Grip on Eastern United States

A barge cuts through ice on the Ohio River as it passes under the West End Bridge, along the North Shore district in Pittsburgh, on Jan. 1.A barge cuts through ice on the Ohio River as it passes under the West End Bridge, along the North Shore district in Pittsburgh, on Jan. 1.

A record-shattering Arctic freeze kept its grip on much of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains on Tuesday but temperatures everywhere except the Northeast were expected to warm within 24 hours. Many school districts shut their classrooms due to the cold snap, which claimed four lives over the long New Year’s weekend, Reuters reported.

The National Weather Service issued wind chill warnings for Tuesday as dangerously low temperatures were due from eastern Montana across the Midwest into the Atlantic coast and the Northeast and down through the deep South.

The cold was blamed for the deaths of two men in separate incidents in Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A homeless man was found dead on a porch in Charleston, West Virginia, while another man was found dead outside a church in Detroit and police said he may have froze to death, local news outlets reported.

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