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Bitter cold, high winds and snow to hit Northeast as Midwest shivers

Across the nation weather is colder than normal, creating icy roads, arctic wind chills and sub-zero conditions. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.

Updated at 11 p.m. ET: Be jealous, Midwesterners and Northeasterners: On Tuesday, Phoenix broke a record with highs of 81 degrees. Wednesday's forecast calls for 82 with a smattering of clouds.

Meanwhile, the Midwest continues to shiver under some of its coldest weather in years, and New England braced for temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees including the wind chill factor and up to a foot of snow.

An “Alberta Clipper” drawing arctic air southward from Canada has brought gusty winds and snow to a long line of states atop the country from North Dakota to northern Maine, creating treacherous driving conditions.

Temperatures plummeted below zero by double digits in the western Great Lakes region and northern Maine, and dozens of degrees below zero when the wind chill was taken into account, according to the National Weather Service.

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Parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Maine were expected to see wind chills approaching 50 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

Major Great Lakes cities such as Chicago and Detroit struggled just to hit the teens Tuesday, and lake-effect snows were likely to continue in areas south of all five major lakes, Weather.com reported.

Cities along the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. had high temperatures only in the 20s Tuesday.

In New York, the peak of the “cold wave” were expected to chill the tri-state area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, as low temperatures plunged into the low single digits throughout the area, NBCNewYork.com reported.

Forecasters said wind chills below zero were possible for Wednesday morning, so it could feel like negative 25 degrees outside, NBCNewYork.com reported.

The cold weather has already been blamed for at least one death as vehicles crashed in difficult conditions.

In Ohio alone, at least three interstate pileups injured dozens and left a 12-year-old girl dead.

Parts of Connecticut were hit with snow, as were areas north of New York City and along the coast, according to NBCNewYork.com.

NBCConnecticut.com said most of the state got a coating of snow.

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A multiple-vehicle accident tied up the Strawberry Mansion Bridge in Philadelphia.

As a low-pressure system off the New England coasts pulls the cold blast eastward, northern Massachusetts and parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine could see up to a foot of snow, a difficult Tuesday morning commute and uncomfortable wind chills, The Weather Channel reported.

In Pennsylvania, icy roads caused by the rush of bitter wind contributed to accident after accident, along with road closures and warnings to drivers to stay home or be extremely careful, NBCPhiladelphia.com reported.

Though much of the snow is forecast to move out to sea by Tuesday afternoon, the cold weather doesn’t appear to be ready to leave.

High temperatures across the Midwest and Northeast appear set to remain below freezing -- in most cases in the teens or below --until the weekend at least, the weather service predicts.

NBC News staff writer Isolde Raftery contributed reporting.

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