Editor's note: Patrice is producing tonight's "weather wrap" by NBC's Kevin Tibbles for the broadcast.
Better late than never... if you're a polar bear. Winter cold finally arrived this weekend with a biting blast of subzero weather from the Upper Plains to the Great Lake states. Cold winds and temperatures settled over northeast portions of the country as well.
Here in Chicago, which is experiencing the coldest temperatures in more than a decade, the city has opened warming centers for the homeless and the heat-less. And the city's lone icebreaker boat is plowing through ice on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River to keep the water flowing.
Subzero windchills forced officials to close schools in Milwaukee and Indianapolis, where later today diehard football fans will brave the cold to welcome home the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts.