An avalanche was caught on camera barreling toward cars caught in I-70 traffic in Officer’s Gulch between Silverthorne and Copper Mountain.

According to the person who took the video, most of the snow did not make it to the road and no one was injured.

Drifting snow obscures a road near Mount Joy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, January 30. A bitter deep freeze is moving into the Northeast from the Midwest, sending temperatures plummeting and making road conditions dangerous.

Extremely cold temperatures were spreading across the United States this week as a mammoth blast of frigid air sweeps through the Midwest and heads toward the East.

More than 83 million Americans — about 25% of the US population — will suffer sub-zero temperatures sometime between Wednesday and Monday.

Snowplows clear Williamson Street in Madison, Wisconsin.Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Al Ross uses a snowblower on his driveway in Minneapolis.Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP

 An icy Chicago River is seen from Adams Street on January 28.Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

Emily Pieper leads cows to the milking parlor at Metogga Lake Dairy in New Prague, Minnesota, on January 30.Jerry Holt/AP

Firefighters in St. Paul, Minnesota, work at the scene of a house fire on January 30.David Joles/Star Tribune via AP

Pedestrians walk through a winter storm in downtown Cincinnati on January 30.Albert Cesare/The Enquirer/USA Today

Geese huddle in the water as the sun rises at the harbor in Port Washington, Wisconsin, on January 30.Jeffrey Phelps/AP

A man walks on Chicago’s North Avenue Beach as the sun rises over Lake Michigan on January 30.Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA/Shutterstock

A woman crosses a street in Buffalo, New York, on January 30.Lindsay Dedario/Reuters

A Newfoundland dog stands on a bench as snow flurries hit New York City on January 30.Adam Gray/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

A warning sign is covered by ice at Clark Square Park in Evanston, Illinois.Nam Y. Huh/AP

Pedestrians walk along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, above the frozen Chicago River, on January 29.Kamil Krzaczynski/EPA/Shutterstock

Metra train tracks, seen outside of Western Avenue Station, are heated with gas-fired switch heaters on January 29. The heaters help prevent switching problems in extremely cold weather.Kiichiro Sato/AP

The aftermath of a road accident is seen in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 29.Jason Coffelt via Reuters

A tour group visits the Lincoln Memorial as snow blankets Washington on January 29.Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post/Getty Images

A cyclist braves the heavy frost in Minneapolis.Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

A pedestrian stops to take a photo by the frozen Chicago River.Pinar Istek/REUTERS

The sun rises over the Chicago lakefront on January 29.Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS/Getty Images

”They’re going to call me ‘wife of the frozen pants guy’ in my obituary,” joked Karla Grotting when asked about her husband Tom’s annual tradition of freezing clothing for their yard in northeast Minneapolis.Anthony Souffle/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMAPRESS.

Frost covers parts of University of Minnesota student Daniel Dylla’s face during a morning jog on January 29.David Joles/Star Tribune/AP

Jeremy Buckta of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, snow blows his driveway in whiteout conditions on Monday, January 28.Joshua Clark/Herald Times Reporter/USA TODAY

Nathan Tearman, front, and his brother James shovel the driveway of their home in Janesville, Wisconsin, on January 28.Anthony Wahl/AP

Tow-truck personnel work to remove an overturned semi on the median of Interstate 90, southeast of Rochester, Minnesota, on January 28.Joe Ahlquist/The Rochester Post-Bulletin via AP

At least 12 people have died due to the breaking of polar vortex, a phenomenon that affects the northern parts of the US.


The authorities have instructed that schools will remain closed and places for homeless people will be available for use. Hundreds of train services and flights have been canceled.



In the mid-western states, the temperature has dropped below -45°C. Snowfall are expanding over eastern regions.

Although forecasters inform that the temperature will increase in the weekend, this does not seem to be a relief, as strong winds will be preserved and the temperature will remain around -34°C.


Today, the temperature dropped to -29°C in Minnesota and Michigan and to -34°C in north Dakota.

Now, the cold intrusion is moving towards eastern regions, such as Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania. In Boston, the temperature dropped to -21°C.

According to media and authorities, 12 deaths have been caused by this cold outbreak since last Saturday in mid-west US. Some of them are dead due to car accidents, while others by the extreme weather.

Videos on youtube show people to drop boiled water in the air, which instantly freezes, while train officers get fire on train rails in order to avoid any contraction.

In the meanwhile, more than 30 temperature records have been observed in the mid-west US (-40°C in International Falls of Minnesota, -30°C in Chicago).

Extreme cold conditions caused hundreds of car accidents and a pile up of 20 cars in Grand Rapid of Michigan. Moreover, 2500 flights are canceled and more than 3500 are delayed this morning. Post offices stopped their services to many American states today.

In the broad region of Great Lakes, these extreme conditions have caused unusual natural phenomena (e.g. a part of the Niagara falls has literally been frozen).