Seth Perlman, Associated Press
U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Jamie Jasmon struggles through snow and below zero temperatures while delivering the mail on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. As in 2014, a whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended into much of the U.S. and plunged temperatures to record lows in 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — Hell, Michigan, is officially frozen.

What happened: The small Michigan town had a temperature below zero degrees on Wednesday afternoon, according to WXYZ Detroit.

  • “Now is your chance to do that one thing you parents said you could never do. Hell has officially frozen over … well, Hell, Mich. that is,” according to the report.

The town saw temperatures well below zero.

  • “It’s so cold in Hell that some residents are hopping on their snowmobiles and heading to an emergency warming center at the Hell Saloon to stay toasty during the dangerously cold weather,” according to
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Businesses in the town have shut down because of the temperatures, Newsweek reported.

Hell Saloon manager Erik Kauser told KTIV this isn’t a new phenomenon.

Bigger picture: The extreme temperatures hitting the Midwest come as a result of the polar vortex. Chicago saw temperatures drop well below minus 23, and Minnesota has seen similar temperatures. Midwestern states continue to feel the freeze.