Freezing temperatures as low as 45 degrees below zero are possible across the United States this week.

What’s happening: Close to 15 million people around the United States are under chill alerts because of potential freezing temperatures, NBC News reports.

  • The Upper Midwest is expected to see temperatures close to 45 degrees below zero.
  • Wind chills as cold as 35 degrees below zero are expected in the Northeast and New England.
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Record cold: New York is expected to see 22 degrees on Tuesday and Boston is expected to see temperatures around 12 degrees — the coldest temperatures in those areas at this time since 2019, according to NBC News.

Next up: Temperatures will rebound after Tuesday.

How to prepare: Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency said people should bring pets inside and check on their elderly neighbors, according to WJAR 10.

  • “A lot is the pipes bursting in your house, hypothermia, frostbite — people going outside just not being protected,” said Armand Randolph, who works with the agency.