suntimes
TOUGH 
Weather Updates

Minus 20 wind chills predicted in far north, west suburbs overnight

Updated: December 29, 2013 11:00PM



Wind chills as low as minus 20 are expected to put the far north and west suburbs in the deep freeze overnight.

Areas closer to the city could see wind chills closer to 10 below, National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Castro said Sunday night.

A weather service wind-chill advisory issued Sunday night remains in effect through 10 a.m. Monday.

As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the wind chill was 1 degree at O’Hare and 2 at Midway, he said.

By Friday, the Chicago area could see record lows. The record low for Jan. 3 was minus 18 in 1879. The last time Chicagoans felt temperatures that cold was Jan. 16, 2009. Conditions could be just right this Friday to challenge that record, Castro said.

On Monday evening, the Chicago area could see a light coating of snow.

Up to six inches of snow could fall Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to the bitter cold, Castro said. Temperatures may briefly rise above freezing Saturday but are expected to fall again next week.

Freezing rain on Sunday left roads and sidewalks slick.

Sisters Kari and Beth Kolinsky tried to stay warm — and upright — as they walked along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s slippery,” said Kari, 40. “I’m visiting from Los Angeles, I’m not used to this. . . . And it’s cold. My nose hairs are cold.”

Contributing: Luke Wilusz

Email: mdudek@suntimes.com

Twitter: @mitchdudek



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.