Dangerous Deep Freeze Descends on Detroit

The polar vortex is freezing much of daily life in its tracks from the Dakotas to Michigan. Major universities are closed and the U.S. Postal Service is suspending deliveries because of the life-threatening cold.

Quinn Klinefelter/WDET

Metro Detroit is plunging into dangerously-cold conditions.

Forecasters say a mass of arctic air – the infamous polar vortex – is hovering over the Midwest, producing wind chills of as much as 35 degrees below zero or more Fahrenheit throughout Michigan.

It’s even colder in the northern portions of the state.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew Arnold tells WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the frosty conditions could freeze exposed skin within minutes.


Click on the audio link above to hear the full interview


  • Quinn Klinefelter
    Quinn Klinefelter is a Senior News Editor at 101.9 WDET. In 1996, he was literally on top of the news when he interviewed then-Senator Bob Dole about his presidential campaign and stepped on his feet.