Genevieve Jones, a CapeTalk listener and SA expat in Chicago chats to Sara-Jayne King about the extreme cold they are experiencing.
She says it has been freezing cold, with a snowstorm with -30 degrees Celcius.
She says schools have been closed for two days, for the first time in that school district in Chicago.
The hospital has only been open for frostbite victims and high emergencies.— Genevieve Jones, SA expat - Chicago
I had to cancel anyone coming to my house because being outside for more than 10 minutes exposes skin to frostbite.— Genevieve Jones, SA expat - Chicago
She says it is beginning to warm up.
Listen to Tim Gudas, a reporter at WBBM News Radio in Chicago, US giving an update on the Chicago polar vortex.
Gabby Cabby, New York gives Sara-Jayne an update on conditions in New York.