Chicago Braces for Potentially Record-Breaking Frigid Temperatures

A beacon off of Chicago’s lake front is frozen over as temperatures drop below 0 Friday Jan. 25 2018 in Chicago. | Tyler LaRiviere  Sun-Times

A beacon off of Chicago’s lake front is frozen over as temperatures drop below 0 Friday Jan. 25 2018 in Chicago. | Tyler LaRiviere Sun-Times

The most brutal cold is expected to hit the area between North Dakota and IL, with temperatures of 20 to 40 degrees below zero and windchills of up to 60 degrees below zero.

Up to four inches could fall in western counties and wind chills could be a low as negative 10 degrees in Newland and negative 3 degrees in Burnsville, says the NWS.

But temperatures will rebound for the weekend, melting anything that sticks in time for the big game. On Tuesday morning through Thursday morning, parts of western and central Minnesota could experience risky windchills as low as 65 degrees below zero. High temperatures are forecast in the upper teens to around 20 degrees, with wind chills remaining in the single digits throughout the day.

Absurdly cold weather is about to grip much of the United States, trapping millions of Americans in sub-zero temperatures and bringing "dangerous to impossible travel conditions".

"I can not stress how dangerously cold it will be", one meterologist with Accuweather told the network. "An entire generation has gone by without experiencing this type of cold", Doll said. In Minneapolis, the storm system will have to dig deeper; that city once faced a record cold of -35 degrees.

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Potential record-cold maximum temperatures for Wednesday.

Up to 3 inches of snow is expected in the South, while the interior Northeast will see between 6 inches and a foot of snow by Wednesday night.

Tuesday: L.E. snow showers, breezy.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Chicago at O'Hare International Airport is -27 degrees Fahrenheit on January 20, 1985.

The rest of the country isn't safe, either.

Light snow still possible, cold air expected midweek
The air temperature should remain in the 20s but windchills in Boston and points west will make it feel like it's in the teens. Thursday and Friday will be brutally cold with lows in the single digits and wind chills around -15 degrees.


"Some of the coldest air in decades will pour in across the Northern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes with windchills in the negative-40 to negative-50 degree range and air temperatures below zero for several days", Dean said.

"The East Coast will get only a modest reprieve - lows Wednesday night will reach 6 degrees in NY, 7 degrees in Philadelphia and a "balmy" 9 degrees in Washington", USA Today reports.

Snow will begin falling in that region after midnight, with risky wind chills and "isolated to scattered downed trees and power lines", says the National Weather Service.

Rain and snow will develop along an arctic front associated with the storm over parts of the Ohio Valley stretching into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Monday, according to the NWS.

"Try to run them during the day if you can".

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