Good morning, Chicago.
A wind chill advisory is expected to remain in place across the Chicago area through Wednesday as bitterly cold temperatures descend over the region, with wind chills Sunday morning reaching minus 40, the National Weather Service said.
Temperatures were predicted to be at their lowest Sunday, with highs ranging from minus 6 to 3. The coldest wind chill was recorded in Sterling, which reached 42 degrees below zero. At O’Hare International Airport, the city’s collection site, the wind chill hit minus 31, according to the weather service.
“It’s so bad this morning because the winds have remained elevated,” meteorologist Jake Petr said. “We still have gusts in the 30 to 35 mph range.”
By Wednesday afternoon, “some slight moderation in temperatures,” is expected, the weather service said. On Monday and Tuesday, the highs are predicted to remain in the single digits with freezing wind chills.
The blast of arctic air follows a powerful storm system that blanketed the region Friday and Saturday. Over 13 inches of snow fell east of Rockford along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. O’Hare recorded over 6 inches, while areas of the city closer to Lake Michigan received as little as 1 to 2 inches of snow, according to the weather service.
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