Extreme Cold

The sun rises over Lake Michigan in Chicago on Feb. 19, 2015, when temperatures reached a record low of 9 below zero for that date. (Credit: CBS)

February On Pace To Be 2nd Coldest In Chicago Since 1875

In February 1875, the average temperature in Chicago was 14.6 degrees. If predicted temperatures for the rest of the month hold true, the 14.9 degree average this February will have been the second coldest February on record for Chicago, according to AccuWeather.

02/23/2015

North Avenue Beach at dawn on Friday, after a long stretch of temperatures in single digits and below zero. (Credit: Ryan Corsaro)

After Setting Two Records For Cold, Brief Respite On The Way For Chicago

After breaking two records for extreme cold on Thursday, the double digit temperatures expected by Friday afternoon should seem downright mild by comparison.

02/20/2015

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Arctic Conditions Break Feb. 19 Record For Cold In Chicago

Around 6:20 a.m., the temperature at O’Hare National Airport dropped to 8 below zero, breaking the previous Feb. 19 record of 7 below, set in 1936, according to the National Weather Service.

02/19/2015

Metra trains sit in a rail yard in Chicago on Jan. 6, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Metra: Cold Shouldn’t Have Significant Impact On Thursday Morning Rush

Metra officials said commuters can expect a good rush hour Thursday morning, despite subzero temperatures and wind chills as low as 30 below zero. Chief Operations Officer Pete Zwolfer said snow presents more of a problem than cold, although the arctic temperatures might slow things down a bit.

02/18/2015

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Dangerous Cold Settling In; Wind Chill Advisory On Tap Overnight

Brutal, bone-chilling cold was seizing the Chicago area on Wednesday, and the city won’t see any release from the icy grip of this arctic blast for more than two days.

02/18/2015

Temperatures Drop Near Zero Degrees In Chicago

What Are The Odds That Schools Will Close Thursday?

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02/17/2015

Temperatures Drop Near Zero Degrees In Chicago

Arctic Conditions Wednesday And Thursday Could Set Record For Cold

A mass of arctic air will send temperatures plunging into the single digits during the day Wednesday and Thursday, and below zero at night both days. Thursday’s high will be only about 5 degrees, which would break a record set in 1936, when the high temperature was 9 degrees on Feb. 19.

02/17/2015

A broken water main in Dixmoor left several homes without water service. (Credit: CBS)

Cold Snap Causes Multiple Water Main Breaks In Dixmoor

Some families were without water for several hours. At the peak of the problem, approximately 80 percent of the homes in Dixmoor had no water service, or only a trickle of water.

02/13/2015

Commuters try to stay warm as they wait for a train on an L platform during the early morning rush while temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit on January 7, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Most of the city's schools were cancelled as wind chills dropped to as low as 30 below zero. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Schools Closed For Cold Or Snow? Never In Anchorage, Alaska

While hundreds of Chicago area schools closed at least once week because of bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, there is at least one city in North America that never does under those conditions.

01/09/2015

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Photo: You Know It’s ‘Chicago Cold’ When …

You know it’s cold when the inside of your doors and windows get frosty.

01/08/2015

Commuters make their way to work as temperatures hovered around zero degrees Fahrenheit during the morning rush on January 5, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Dangerously Cold Weather Grips Chicago Area

A frigid blast of Arctic air has plunged wind chills so low, it has made it dangerous to go outside for an extended period of time.

01/07/2015

A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Winter Storm Blankets Chicago Area In Snow

Snow plows were out in full force Monday evening has a winter storm hit the Chicago area with several inches of snow expected to be on the ground by Tuesday morning.

01/05/2015

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Bitter Cold To Start The Day, Steady Snow To End It

Frigid cold early Monday was only the first real taste of winter for the Chicago area this year. A winter storm Monday night could dump up to 6 inches by Tuesday morning.

01/05/2015

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Frozen Pipe Complaints Skyrocket Amid Frigid Winter

Water Department crews have been working around the clock in Chicago to keep up with frozen and broken water lines, thanks to a brutal winter that has kept complaints flowing, if little else.

02/27/2014

A pedestrian bundles up against the frigid conditions downtown on Wednesday, when temperatures were about 20 degrees below normal for this time of year. (Credit: CBS)

Return Of Bitter Cold Leaves Chicagoans Doubtful Of Timely Spring Weather

It has been 50 years since temperatures were this cold this late in the season in Chicago, but here we go again – temperatures near zero for what many Chicagoans are hoping will be the last time this winter.

02/26/2014

A red admiral butterfly sits on a blossom and collects nectar. (Photo credit: PETER FOERSTER/AFP/GettyImages)

All The Snow This Winter Could Mean A Boon Of Butterflies In Spring

This winter might have been tough on Chicagoans who had to shovel all that snow, but it’s shaping up as good news for the butterfly population.

02/25/2014

Satellite image of ice and snow cover on Lake Michigan on Feb. 11, 2014. (Credit: National Weather Service)

Nearly 90 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

It’s been so bitterly cold for so long in the Upper Midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes’ surface was frozen.

02/14/2014

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Metra Boss Faces Lawmakers’ Questions About Winter Delays

State lawmakers put the new head of Metra on the hot seat Monday over frequent weather delays during the record cold this winter.

02/10/2014

With temperatures hovering around -10 degrees steam rises from Lake Michigan January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Deep Freeze Déjà Vu: Chicago Nearing Record For Days Below Zero

With temperatures plunging below zero again overnight, Chicagoans were starting another work week in frigid conditions, and the city was approaching the record for number of days of subzero cold.

02/10/2014

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Pest Control House Calls Spike As Rats Seek Refuge From Extreme Cold

The rats are coming — poking their twitchy little noses underneath porches, beneath doors, even inside airport hangars.

02/03/2014

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