Updated: Views from the center of the ‘polar vortex’

| January 07, 2014

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Over the weekend on Saturday, Jan. 4, Dorrie Stanley of Safely Contracting sent in this beautiful view following a “cozy layover” Friday night at a truck stop. The following day, as the so-called “Polar Vortex” effect brought a frigid air mass down across the continental United States’ midsection, sending temps well down into negative territory, other drivers chimed in. Stay warm out there, all!

Following find a few views from various spots around the country. To send in your own photo, use the upload form here. 

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Roads were “just terrible” in Michigan, said Derek Duane, writing on Overdrive‘s Facebook page, and in Central Wisconsin as of midday temps were still tracking at -19, according to Jason Degodt. Wes Wunderlich sat in Kansas, where cold gelled his fuel overnight — “treated the fuel, but still gelled in Kansas,” he wrote.

T.C. Schwolman had it perhaps the worst. “-30 right now,” he wrote from Canada. “It dipped down to -46 last night,” with a -60 wind chill. Welcome to Manitoba.”

Reader Dan Hible and company have been "just putting up with a slight cold front" at home in Northwestern Minnesota. It was "-26 this morning," he says.

Reader Dan Hible and company have been “just putting up with a slight cold front” at home in Northwestern Minnesota. It was “-26 this morning,” he says.


Rod Wilson sent in this icy shot from Michigan: "good day to stay home."

Rod Wilson sent in this icy shot from Michigan: “good day to stay home.”


"Yep, staying home another day!" wrote Toby Heaton when he sent in this picture early in the morning from Mattoon, Ill. "Temp is -11."

“Yep, staying home another day!” wrote Toby Heaton when he sent in this picture early in the morning from Mattoon, Ill. “Temp is -11.”

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Weather Peru Indiana at I-15

The two views above come by way of Jim Gorgone from a location in Peru, Ind., at -15 degrees. Portions of I-65 and other areas in Indiana (including all of Indianapolis) at times through the morning were shut to all traffic after the double-whammy of snow and extreme cold. Stay safe out there, drivers. Send any closure reports to us on our Facebook page and we’ll share. Alternately, hit us at Twitter here.

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This last of the three preceding shots came from the phone camera of driver Jeff Sirvas, finally reaching a rest area on an interstate near Effingham, Ill., as the road was closed.

This last of the three preceding shots, which all came from the phone camera of driver Jeff Sirvas, was taken as the driver finally reached a rest area on an interstate near Effingham, Ill., as the road was closed.


Don Lanier's Freightliner Business Class M2 expediter parked through the weather -- "just outside St. Louis."

Don Lanier‘s Freightliner Business Class M2 expediter parked through the weather — “just outside St. Louis.”

  • MercenaryMan

    Sitting just outside St Louis in IL, Im at home, trucks been running two days, it got down to -12 here with a windchill of – 35, winds were blowing 30 mph, power was flashing on and off, so we slept in the truck as its been idling thru this cold spell, fuel is treated with half 911 and power service diesel treat, and full tanks, no issues but were not going anywhere either, Roads here are awful, Ice everywhere, there have been fatalitys and more then 25 trucks off the road in wrecks or stuck, jacknifed,,,yall be safe out there….once the power comes back on Ill plug the truck back in and go inside, more snow coming wed/thurs…..

  • James

    Got nothin’ to add-ain’t Truckin’ FUN? Story I’m getting is that things are supposed to warm back up pretty quick,so hopefully you’ll all be able to get back to business. Guess I’m pretty lucky-hasn’r been in the minus here for about a week. Hasn’t been warm enough to pull the starter and see why it locked up either though. My arthritis keeps screaming at me to move to Southern Arizona or something…

  • Debbe

    God Bless you truckers and that you for the clothes on my back and the food on my table! Y’all make life much easier for the rest of us! Stay safe! and never drive faster than your guardian angels can fly!

  • Debbe

    thank you, not that you! :)

  • Castaway50

    I retired in 2006 due to health problems. It’s moments like this that I’m glad I’m not out there now. And the last truck I drove was a ’95 Volvo with heated fuel tanks, that was a life saver at times.

  • Daniel Kupke

    Pretty Decent out here in Vegas ??

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  • Kevin

    Thank you for understanding that you have what you have because a trucker transported it!

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