Skilling: Much colder weather, including wind chills on the way this week


After the New Year’s Day snow, cold air has settled into the Chicago area.

It dropped to 9-above Monday  morning at O’Hare and 11 at Midway making this the coldest morning to date this winter. It’s also the coldest morning in over 10 months since Feb 20th’s 5-above low temp. 

At least morning winds weren’t strong. That meant the lowest wind chill equivalent temps were around 10-below in the area–NO picnic–but they could have been a lot worse.

Temps will rebound Tuesday but crash in powerful winds as arctic air invades Wednesday and the back half of this week.

A cold blast–chillier than the current cold surge–is to roar into the area.

Powerful winds lock in Wednesday with 45+ mph gusts.

Clouds will break at times after some early flurries. High of 25 expected early but falling into the teens with wind gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph dropping wind chills below zero in the afternoon.

The season’s first 0-deg temp is possible in the city by Thursday morning with sub-zero wind chills.

Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center

Clouds and some mixed sun, windy and quite cold. Lake effect snow showers in sections of northwest Indiana are possible Thursday. Wind gusts topping 25 mph at times. High 12–but wind chills are likely to linger below zero to few degrees above zero through the day.

On Friday we will sunshine but it will still be cold. Much calmer winds. High 13.

A wintry mix is possible Saturday afternoon trending toward rain as the day proceeds.

Next week, while predicted to average 2-degrees below normal overall, is likely to come in 9.3-deg milder than this week.

At present, there are no major snow systems showing up on our models—but it’s January. We’ll keep monitoring and will keep you posted.

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