The polar vortex brings freezing temperatures to Houston and most of the nation

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HOUSTON, Texas – It’s still the first week of the new year, and already Houston and most of the nation is in the deep freeze, or will be by the end of the week.

People in the upper Midwest awoke to the big goose egg on the thermometer, and it’s not going to get much warmer. In fact, the folks in Fargo, ND, are looking at wind chill temps of 50 degrees below zero.

And that makes life pretty miserable, particularly if you have to be driving around in it. Not to mention flying around, like at Spokane International Airport where crews tried to keep up with the snow to keep the runways open.

There’s a name for the cause of all of this snow, ice, and freezing conditions.

It’s the term that earned a spot on last year’s list of banned words from Lake Superior University: the dreaded “polar vortex.”

That arctic air mass will be responsible for about 70 percent of the country in search of a warm place to ride out the wild winter weather that’s already caused wind damage and floods in Alabama, and a possible tornado in Georgia.

But look on the bright side. People in Tibet had to shovel their way out of their homes buried under 2.5 feet of snow.

You could say this is “snow” way to start your day.

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