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It's so ridiculously cold in Chicago that crews are lighting train tracks on fire (VIDEO)

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Ainsley Smith Jan 30, 2019 10:35 am 225

Just when you thought it was cold in Toronto, think again.

This morning, another extreme cold warning was issued for Toronto as ‘bitterly cold’ winds are expected. The winds in the city will be so cold, today’s forecasted -18°C will actually feel more like -30°C.

And while this might sound horrible, it almost sounds like beach weather when you hear how cold it currently is in Chicago.

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According to the National Weather Service, it’s a bone-chilling -27°C in the Windy City today and the “dangerous” winds make it feel more like -55°C. Ouch.

In fact, it’s so cold crews had to light the outdoor commuter rail tracks on fire to keep the metal from contracting so the trains can move smoothly during the deep freeze.

Videos and images shared on social media show Chicago’s train tracks aflame to protect them from the brutally frigid temperatures.

While freezing temperatures might cause delays on the TTC, crews have never had to light the outdoor tracks on fire in Toronto, according to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green.

While the TTC might not light the tracks on fire, Stuart says the crews will on occasion use hand-held blow torches to remove heavy ice or snow packs.

“Nothing as drastic as Chicago… but we’re also not as cold as they are today.”

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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