Bitterly Cold Wind Chills Prompt New Advisory for NE Illinois

Bitterly Cold Wind Chills Prompt New Advisory for NE Illinois

"The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin", the weather service said.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures linger, with a low temperature of 27 degrees. That cold, combined with winds gusting 20 to 25 miles per hour, will lead to wind chills as low as -25°. Temperatures will only rise to around 6°. Friday morning's wind chill, which will be about minus 18 when children are supposed to be waiting at bus stops, might cause local school districts to at least call for a delay.

A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills.

FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNINGThe risk for lake effect snow continues through this time-frame, but will become more localized to the northern snow belt.

Temperatures Friday will start in the single digits and only rise to about 12° during the day. Wind chills Friday morning will be back below zero
Temperatures Friday will start in the single digits and only rise to about 12° during the day. Wind chills Friday morning will be back below zero

Temperatures will bounce back into the 40s for much of next week. Highs will be around 8°. Highs: 5-9 / Winds: WNW 10-20 and wind chills fro 30 below early to 10 below late in the day. With the surface well below freezing, any snow will stick to the roads. Lows tonight fall below zero once again. If winds stay calm and skies are clear, it is possible for the air temperature to drop even lower.

Wind chills could range from 15 to 25 below zero Thursday night into Friday, and from 25 to 35 below zero Friday night into Saturday.

On Sunday, we are forecasting a record low temperature.

Wind chills could drop to almost 20 below Friday morning, the threshold many superintendents use to close schools.


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