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Polar Vortex impact captured with time-lapse photography

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CHICAGO (WKOW) -- We've been hearing the term a lot this week, and now we're seeing what the impact of a distorted polar vortex looks like.

Much of the nation is in a deep freeze thanks to this weather phenomenon.

CNN I-reporter Matt Foley took this time-lapse photography of conditions caused by the polar vortex.  He was by Lake Michigan in Chicago yesterday.  Snapping more than 1,200 frames in 83 minutes, he created stunning video.

The polar vortex is a circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the North Pole.  When the vortex becomes distorted, it sends frigid air further down South than normal, creating our bitter conditions.

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