Subzero air hits Chicago area for first time this winter

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A Winter Weather Advisory remains for the Chicago area Wednesday.

Strong winds with gusts of 50 to 60 mph have been reported.

An intense winter storm system is behind Wednesday’s strong winds. These winds are delivering the season’s coldest air to date and occasional snow flurries. It’s a chill likely to hold the remainder of the work week.

Peak winds will continue to reach 45-50 mph at times today with temps holding nearly steady in the teens to around 20 the remainder of the day generating wind chills in the +5 to 5-below range.

In Chicago, the cold air left many indoors.

(See Skilling’s full wind post on his Facebook page)

But we expect these winds to tame considerably Thursday–though they’ll not completely diminish. Peak gusts Thursday are likely to fall back to 20-25 mph range–a bit improvement over today’s gale force gusts.

It’s fortunate there isn’t more snow to blow around. But, having said that, care should be taken in open areas and on country roads in area surrounding the Chicago area–thoroughfares most prone to blowing and drifting snow.

Full forecast details at the WGN Weather Center

Quick visibility reductions may be encountered there as may slippery patches where snow has blown over roadways.

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