Near record-low Arctic temperatures are hitting the Midwest today closing schools and causing huge spikes in propane prices.


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Garrett Tenney reported this morning from a propane facility in Sheridan, Illinois, where it was -26 degrees Fahrenheit with wind chill factored in. Wind chill factors have been reported as low as -60 in the Dakotas.

The extreme cold is leading to propane shortages in more than 30 states as people struggle to keep their homes warm.

Authorities are cautioning people to try to conserve propane as best they can.

Frigid temperatures are expected to hold into Tuesday.

If Chicago makes it to 60 hours below zero, it will be the longest stretch since 1983 — when it was below zero for 98 hours — and the third longest in 80 years, FoxNews.com reported.

Watch Garrett's report above.