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November 13th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

What's behind the bitter cold pummeling U.S.?

(CNN) – Denver, Colorado, hit 13 below zero Thursday, beating a 100-year-old record by 9 degrees.

From Minneapolis, to Chicago, to New York City, and all the way down to Charlotte, temperatures will drop tonight.

A so-called Omega Block, basically a block in the jet stream that is causing all of this cold air to come down from Alaska, is behind the biting cold.

CNN's Chad Myers reports.

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