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      Arctic air part two hitting the U.P.

      Arctic blast, after arctic blast!

      Parts of the country have been experiencing the worst of times when it comes to winter weather.

      According to the National Weather Service, we haven't seen lows like this since the 1990s, and the harsh temperatures are only getting worse.

      "This winter, right now, is basically in the top four for coldest winters, and that dates back to 1960. We still have a long way to go, and the long-term pattern suggests that we're going to stay in a cold pattern at least through the month of February," said meteorologist, Matt Zika.

      The arctic air, better known as the Polar Vortex, has been a big buzzword lately, but it's nothing new.

      "It's an area of low pressure spinning around the North Pole. Sometimes the jet stream will actually break off pieces of that vortex and send it to the South, and that's what's been going on this winter," Zika added.

      Meteorologists have always been familiar with the Polar Vortex, but to the everyday person, it's just been unusually cold.

      "This is the coldest it's been ever since Iâ??ve lived up here, and Iâ??ve lived up here for the past five years, so it's definitely a cold winter," said Cameron Hurst.

      The worst of this week's cold air will come on Tuesday with lows in the negative teens and below. Schools, businesses and roads have closed down as a result of the extreme temperatures.

      In a place where people typically get out to enjoy winter, there's a new winter sport going on.

      "Burrowing in and reading books. I don't really go outside to do any kind of activities," said John Gordon.