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Published January 06, 2014, 04:10 PM

Arctic conditions in the Red River Valley are due to a polar vortex

A polar vortex is to blame for putting the Red River Valley, and the rest of the country in a deep freeze. While the region is still under a wind chill warning, officials say conditions will improve this weekend.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

A polar vortex is to blame for putting the Red River Valley, and the rest of the country in a deep freeze. While the region is still under a wind chill warning, officials say conditions will improve this weekend.

Wind has been blowing between 10 to 20 miles an hour Monday, creating windchills that minus 40 to minus 50 degree range.

Officials say these arctic conditions are due to a Polar Vortex. It's a rush of cold air that's been billing up in Northern Canada. The air has shifted and dropped south to the midwest and even the gulf coast. Officials say in the red river valley, these windchills and temperatures are not unusual.

Jeff Makowski with the National Weather Service said, "Typically we will have a few very cold mornings and days like we have had over the past few days in a given winter so having these temperatures while somewhat unusual on any given day is not terribly unexpected over the course of winter."

Officials say conditions will improve slowly but surely. Tuesday and Wednesday will still be bitter could but come Friday we should be back into the 20s.

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