Big swaths of the country are trying to stay warm while on polar vortex watch this week. Temperatures have plunged way below zero across the Midwest, with cities such as Chicago seeing lows in the negative 20s and wind chills dipping even lower. If you're lucky enough to live anywhere else, these polar vortex photos and videos can give you a glimpse of what people are going through.
If you're in one of the areas experiencing extreme cold, be sure to take precautions. "If you can't stay cozy inside, be sure to cover any exposed skin!" the National Weather Service tweeted earlier this week. "There's cold, and then there's COLD! Extreme and dangerous COLD! is forecast this week from the Northern Plains through the Great Lakes." These pictures show what that looks like IRL.