Dangerous Cold is Record Setting But Warmer Weather is Coming this Weekend
January 30, 2019 6:30AM CST
Record setting cold and dangerous Wind Chills have caused a variety of School & Organizational closings today. Click here to see a list. To put the cold in historical terms….Back to Back -20 or colder days has only happened 3 times in Chicago recorded history:
Jan 16-17 1982
Dec 23-24 1983,
Jan 19-20 1985
A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON THURSDAY... * WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills. Wind chills as low as 50 to 60 below zero this morning, and 35 to 50 below this afternoon through Thursday morning. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 5 minutes. In addition, the gusty winds will result in areas of blowing snow in open areas through early afternoon, which could result in significantly reduced visibility and hazardous travel.
Only 15 of a possible 54,020 days have been -20 or colder. The Good news we are expecting warmer temperatures this weekend. More on the historic aspect of the cold from WGN-TV here.