Early blast of winter hits Chicago with record-breaking cold

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CHICAGO — First the snow. Then, record-breaking cold. An early winter blast has hit Chicagoland.

Bitter cold temperatures lingered in the single digits Tuesday morning, with subzero wind chills. By 5 p.m. the city had set a new record for coldest high temperature for the day's date - 17 degrees.

Frostbite can occur in 10 to 30 minutes if skin is exposed to these elements, so when outside dress appropriately.

Cook County has several warming centers available during the daytime hours for residents. For information on warming centers open in Chicago, you can call 311.

In the Hyde Park neighborhood, CPS’s Kenwood Academy was without heat for part of the day.
School officials said it caused minimal disruption and no one was in danger. However, one class had to relocated to the cafeteria.

Heat was restored around 4 p.m.

The frigid temperatures also caused problems for area airports. Nearly 1,300 flights were canceled Monday due to the snowy weather conditions, impacting thousands of passengers.

Monday's conditions led to a landing mishap involving an American Eagle flight that slid off a runway at O'Hare. 38 people were on board, but no one was injured.

For the latest weather updates, go to wgntv.com/weather



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