Bitter cold expected Thursday with wind chills dipping to minus 13
SUN-TIMES MEDIA February 5, 2014 5:10PM
City goers fight snowy weather during their morning commute on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 5, 2014 11:54PM
Another plunge into subzero wind chills is forecast for Thursday as the area continues to dig out after a midweek snowstorm caused dozens of spinouts and crashes and canceled more than 550 flights.
Some scattered flurries are expected into Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
But snow won’t be the issue Thursday — it will be the dangerously low wind chills.
A hazardous weather outlook warned that some areas — the Fox Valley in particular — could see wind chills of minus 25 overnight. A wind-chill warning is in effect from midnight Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday for McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties, the weather service said.
In Chicago, wind chills could dip as as low as 13 below zero Thursday and 19 below Thursday night, the weather service said. The high temperature will be near 10 degrees, while the low will drop to minus 2.
Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 15 and low of 4, with wind chills as low as minus 16.
There’s a 40 percent chance Chicago will see snow again Saturday night, according to the weather service. But the frigid temperatures will ease up slightly, with a high near 20 degrees and a low of 11.
No snow is expected Sunday.
The latest round of snow and cold follows a brutal January that ranked as Chicago’s third-snowiest and 10th-coldest on record, the weather service said. Residents suffered through 33.7 inches of snow and a frigid average temperature of 15.7 degrees -— more than 8 degrees below normal.