Dangerously cold temperatures have been blamed for at least a dozen deaths in the central and eastern United States.
The bitter cold prompted officials to shut down schools and local attractions in several regions on Tuesday out of safety concerns.
Warming centers were opened in the Deep South with authorities demanding that neighbors, especially those who are elderly, sick or who live alone be checked.
“It’s important that people look out for anyone in need of shelter,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson warned.
Temperatures in St. Louis have dipped 30 degrees below normal.
Freeze warnings were also issued for areas from South Texas to Canada and from Montana to Maine.
In Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital emergency room doctors were forced to raise a patient’s body temperature…