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Cold start to week: Wind-chill advisory kicks in at midnight

A passenger whose glasses are fogging up cold waits for MetrtraNaperville statiearlier this year. It's already spring but forecasters are

A passenger, whose glasses are fogging up in the cold, waits for a Metra train at the Naperville station earlier this year. It's already spring but forecasters are predicting up to an inch of snow may fall by Tuesday morning. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 11, 2014 6:28PM



Perhaps Chicago should change its motto from “City in a Garden” to “Wear Extra Layers.”

The phrase would seem more appropriate to commuters who will be greeted Monday morning by wind chills that could plunge to 30 below.

Winds of up to 10 mph hour prompted a wind-chill advisory that’s in effect from midnight Sunday until 11 a.m. Monday. The overnight low was expected to be zero and lows in the collar counties could reach minus 15.

“Dress accordingly,” said Stephen Rodriguez, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Monday’s high will be 11 degrees.

Forecasters urge people to stay inside if possible, because hypothermia and frostbite could set in after less than 20 minutes of exposure.

Temperatures will hover near zero through Tuesday, but they’ll be a tad more tolerable because the wind is expected to peter out.

There is a slight possibility that a dusting of snow could fall Wednesday, when highs are expected in the low 20s. Thursday’s high will be around 32.

Chicago could be making a run for the highest number of subzero lows in one season. The record was set more than a century ago at 25. The mercury has dipped below zero 19 times in Chicago so far this winter, well above the average of seven, weather service records indicate.

The severe weather continued to cause problems on roadways.

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation redeployed 200 snow plows and salt spreaders Sunday morning after 2 to 4 inches of snow piled up on Saturday, spokeswoman Molly Poppe said.

Illinois State Police issued a winter weather travel advisory for Sunday, with ice patches and snow drifts making for hazardous conditions on Interstate 57 in Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties.



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