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1 year ago arctic blast hit central Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — One year ago an arctic blast hit the Great Lakes creating a deep freeze in central Indiana.

On the morning of Jan. 30, the mercury dropped to -11 which tied a record low for the date. The afternoon stayed cold and temperatures had a hard time recovering. Highs only reached 3 degrees which set a record cold maximum.

The bitter blast brought brutal wind chills to the area. It felt like 20-40 degrees below zero in central Indiana. While areas in Iowa and Minnesota had wind chills close to 50 below zero.

The following morning Jan. 31, temperatures dropped to -6 which set yet another record low for the day. During the day, highs climbed into the teens.

This arctic outbreak broke more than a thousand temperature records in states across the Great Lakes. Several all-time record lows were set in Iowa, including -32 in Iowa City. A new record low for the state of Illinois was also set last year. Mount Carroll, IL dropped to -38 which is the coldest temperature recorded in the state.


4 children taken to hospital after car crashes into Pennsylvania day care center

 (CNN) — Four children were injured after a woman crashed her car through the window of a day care center classroom, according to Pennsylvania authorities.

The black BMW traveled all the way through one classroom of the Children of America Educational Childcare center before stopping at a back wall, the Bucks County Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Four children were taken to the hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries, the statement said.

“The driver of the vehicle sustained minor injuries, was treated and remains hospitalized,” it said.

The crash is under investigation, according to James O’Malley, the spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. He told CNN the woman was working as a delivery driver.

At the time of the crash — about 1:30 p.m. — there were about 17 children inside that room and about 79 total in the building .

All of the children have been accounted for and reunited with their families, the statement said.