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Updated: 1/06 1:14 pm

Tupelo, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Weather Authority’s Kara James says a cold front has settled into the area and a wind chill advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning.

Monday morning’s low temperature was 14 degrees. Strong northerly winds Monday into early Tuesday will combine with the arctic air to produce wind chills below zero.

It's all from a whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex'' that's spreading east and south from the Midwest. Some areas of the country could see wind chills as low as 70 below.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills.  If you head outdoors make sure you wear a heavy jacket, a hat and gloves, exposed skin can get frostbitten and hypothermia can quickly set in.

Officials expect the bitter cold weather to linger through at least Wednesday morning.

The record low temperature for January 6th is 13 degrees set in 2010. 

Several schools, day cares and business either delayed opening or closed because of the cold temperatures.

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