"There are just not enough adjectives to describe how bitter and bone chilling this cold snap really is," complained NBC's Kevin Tibbles beside the Chicago waterfront. How cold was it? School buses would not start so hundreds of thousands of students got an unexpected day off in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, CBS' Cynthia Bowers told us. ABC's Dean Reynolds (subscription required) quoted a tow truck operator's explanation of why his business was so brisk: "Nothing starts. Nothing moves. Everything breaks." Back on NBC, when he was two minutes into his report, even Tibbles' splendid hat was proving ineffective. He dropped a hint that he wanted to wrap up his report: "It takes less than five minutes for any exposed skin to be frostbitten."
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