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Polar Vortex Moving Out - Nation to Warm Up

At least 21 people have died during this record breaking cold spell. Millions of Americans have felt the chill. But relief may be coming soon.
NEW YORK -- At least 21 people have died during this record breaking cold spell.  Millions of Americans have felt the chill.  But relief may be coming soon.

 Every state in the continental U.S. is expected to see at least one city with below freezing temperatures this morning. But the now infamous polar vortex which brought the bone chilling cold will soon be heading back where it belongs.

"By the time we get into Thursday, the 50's are creeping a little farther northward, the sub-zero highs move well back into Canada.  And then most folks are above zero, at the very least, by Friday," promises Eric Fisher, .Chief Meteorologist at WBZ-TV in Boston.

The storm can't leave soon enough for millions.   "I want it to end.  Like, I'm so done with winter."

Dozens of cities broke record lows Tuesday, including Pittsburgh and New York, which were set more than a century ago.

It is expected to be in the 50s by this weekend in New York.  But in Central Park, Wednesday started in the single digits.

Even cities used to the cold are having problems.  Near Buffalo, New York, the Niagara river is freezing over causing flooding.

"It's a lot scary. Like I said, it's unseen before," says Michael Tambroni, who lives in Niagara Falls, New York.

Frustrated airlines passengers are looking forward to flying again. "I've had seven flights cancelled," says one passenger.

On Jet Blue alone, more than 150,000 passengers have had their flights cancelled in the last week.

Jet Blue and other airlines are expected to get more flights in the air today.  But officials say it will take days to get all of the delayed passengers to their final destinations.



(Marlie Hall for CBS News)

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