On paper the high temperature on Tuesday was balmy, 61 degrees at Midway and 58 at O’Hare. But that was at midnight before temps went into free-fall.
Cold air accompanied by a chilly rain and gusty northwest winds poured into the Chicago. By evening the mercury had tumbled into the lower 30s headed for the middle 20s by Wednesday morning.
The early-season cold snap is expected to stick around for more than a week as the city prepares to shiver through one of its coldest mid-November periods in history.
Chicagoans have prepared for the cold weather and seem to be taking it in stride.