Late-season cold to close out February

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The cold and snowy winter of 2013-14 shows no signs of letting up as February enters its final week. With little regard to normal highs that are approaching 40, high temperatures this week should run in the teens and lower 20s levels as much as 25 to 30 degrees below normal, threatening to break some long-standing low temperature records.

Overnight lows are likely to drop below zero adding to the season’s robust total of 22, and bring the city its latest-in-the-season subzero readings in more than a decade since a minus 2 on February 25, 2003.

The unusually cold end to meteorological winter should solidify its position as the city’s third coldest.

Snow has covered the Chicago landscape since December 30 and with a few chances for additional snow this week and no thawing temperatures in sight, the snow cover should easily persist into March.


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