Cold and getting colder in Chicago area

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The city is expected to experience its coldest readings in nearly two years during the next few days.  High temps on Monday are expected to hover near 10 above zero, with lows Monday night ranging from 5 above zero downtown, to 5 below in the outlying suburbs.

This morning winds have backed off considerably at sunrise – flowing out of the northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour. Temperatures at 7 a.m. generally ranged from 10 to 15 degrees with wind chills zero to 10 below.

Today an upper air disturbance may give some cloudiness and a chance of flurries this afternoon/evening, then a secondary push of colder air will flow into the region later tonight and Monday as the center of high pressure approaches the Canadian-U.S. border.

As cold as this may feel, consider that Sunday marks the 27th anniversary of Chicago’s lowest temperature on record. On January 20, 1985 the mercury dipped to -27 degrees at O’Hare International Airport.

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