(FOX 2) - It doesn't happen often, but the United States Postal Service has suspended delivery across the state of Michigan through Friday.
The USPS says delivery, collections and pick up servies are halted on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31 to ensure the safety and well-being of the employees. A dangerous arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest, forcing widespread closure of schools and offices in several major cities. You can check the latest school closings list here.
Mail was stopped in several other Midwest areas Wednesday, including Chicago. Gov. Whitmer has also declared a state of emergency across the state of Michigan, meaning all state offices are closed. Some local governments and courts are also shut down.
Waking up Wednesday morning, our wind chill range will be between negative 40 and negative 35 degrees. At these numbers it will only take frost bite 10 minutes to set in to exposed skin. We aren't kidding when we say, "stay indoors!"
Temps aren't expected to warm up until this weekend, either.
Wednesday night lows again fall to negative 11 degrees with a wind chill between negative 35 and 40.
Thursday's high will be about 4 degrees with a wind chill near minus 18. There is a chance we may not top 0 degrees in some spots Thursday, which means we are looking at a total of about 54 hours in a row below zero.
Thursday night into Friday morning the lows continue to fall to negative 7 degrees but the wind will drop a bit, meaning the wind chill may be *only* minus 20 to minus 25 degrees.
Then finally on Friday we get to the teens. By early next week, it will actually feel warm by comparison with highs in the 40s and rain.
Remember Detroit offers several warming and respite centers throughout the city, click here.