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With the grueling government shutdown behind us — for now — late-night hosts have let up on their political focus, and are preoccupied instead with the frigid weather pummeling much of the country.

Jimmy Fallon imagined Midwesterners refusing to lose their cool in response to the nasty weather — but Conan O’Brien said he wouldn’t expect Midwestern nice when temperatures are exceeding minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Today the polar vortex brought the coldest temperatures in 20 years to parts of the Midwest. Midwesterners were so upset, they almost started cursing. ‘Gosh darn it! It’s flipping freezing!’” — JIMMY FALLON

“To save energy, people in Minnesota have been asked not to heat their homes above 60 degrees. Yeah, people in Minnesota replied, [expletive] you.” — CONAN O’BRIEN

“This weather is messing up everything. Amtrak is canceling services in some areas. Yeah, in other words, Amtrak is not affected.” — CONAN O’BRIEN

“Railroad tracks in Chicago were set on fire today in order to keep trains running smoothly — while in New York, we have no idea why our train tracks are on fire.” — SETH MEYERS