1 hour ago – National Weather Service
Dangerously cold wind chills to affect the area tonight through Thursday morning … remains in effect from midnight CST /1 am est/ tonight to noon CST /1 pm est/ Thursday …
17:35 p.mBREAKING NEWS: Chicago Public schools cancel school for Wednesday due to cold.
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More than 30 school districts in the Chicago area have decided to close Wednesday as a cold front sliding off the Canadian Rockies threatens to drive wind chills into dangerous territory for the next two days..As of 3:30 p.m., Chicago Public Schools was not on the list, but officials said they hoped to announce a decision by Tuesday evening.School officials are faced with a forecast that calls for temperatures to drop into the single digits below zero overnight Tuesday and wind chills as low as 40 below, according to the National Weather Service. The high on Wednesday may not get past zero, with gusting winds again driving wind chills to 30 below or worse.Overnight lows on Wednesday could reach 13 below zero, which would break the record low for Dec. 8 of minus-11 set in 1942, the weather service said. The agency warned people to stay indoors if at all possible. Frostbite can afflict exposed skin in 15 minutes.
The weather service has issued a wind chill warning from midnight Tuesday until noon Thursday.
The list of school closings for Wednesday includes districts throughout the Chicago area, from Summit and Willow Springs to Palos Heights and McHenry. You can check the school closings list here.
Last January, a subzero chill prompted officials to close Chicago schools for four days. At times that month, the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry also shut down, citing concerns for safety in the cold.
Following is WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling’s forecast for the next several days:
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, gusty northwest winds and brutally cold. Lake-effect snow showers in the snowbelt areas of Indiana and Michigan. Highs near zero with dangerous minus-20 to minus-35 degree wind chills.
Thursday: Potentially record-breaking cold at the start. Increasing cloudiness, windy and frigid. Some flurries or light snow possible late, especially in northern sections.
Friday: A third surge of frigid Arctic air arrives amid gusty northwest winds producing wind chills of minus-10 to minus-20 degrees. Bitterly cold at night with widespread subzero lows.
Saturday: Continued very cold under a mix of sun and clouds. Southwest winds 12 to 18 mph produce wind chill readings of minus-10 to minus-25 degrees.
Sunday: More cloudy than not, the intensity of the cold finally begins to ease in the afternoon. Some flurries or light snow possible but only minor accumulations expected at this time.
Monday: Extensive cloudiness, though some peeks of sun cannot be ruled out. Much calmer than recent days with a more moderate brand of wintry chill.