Deaths may be due to bitter cold

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Ice Crystals form on a window Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The painfully cold weather system holding much of the Midwest in a historic deep freeze sent temperatures plunging to record low temperatures in several cities Thursday, and while a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees is expected by early […]

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in New York say the death of a homeless man whose frozen body was found in a suburban Buffalo bus shelter might be related to the arctic cold that has blanketed much of the northern U.S. this week.

An autopsy was planned to determine whether the man found in the village of Williamsville froze to death or died of another cause. His name wasn’t immediately released.

The number of deaths that could be blamed on the subzero cold has climbed to at least 17. The deaths have occurred in eight states, from Iowa to New York.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the home in Cudahy on Thursday, the same day temperatures plunged to record lows in several Midwestern cities.

No details about the man or what preceded his death were immediately released. An autopsy is scheduled.

The frigid conditions are starting to ease, and a dramatic swing of as much as 80 degrees was expected within days in parts of the region.

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