After breaking two records for extreme cold on Thursday, the double digit temperatures expected by Friday afternoon should seem downright mild by comparison.
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.
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.
OK, parents, listen up.
The Chicago area has a frigid week ahead, with temperatures not expected to climb out of the 20s until Saturday, except a brief chance of flirting with 30 on Wednesday.
The high at 7:15 a.m. was expected to be 47 degrees — one degree lower than the lowest high set on Oct. 4, 1935, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said.
This cold snap seems bad, but it doesn’t even come close to the coldest days ever in Chicago–or even December.