Chicago Braces for Potentially Record-Breaking Frigid Temperatures

Chicago Braces for Potentially Record-Breaking Frigid Temperatures

While intense snow smothers much of the Midwest, snow will likely extend all the way down to MS and Alabama. The National Weather Service expected areas of Chicago and Minnesota to see "historic cold" weather between Tuesday and Thursday. Chicago looks a few degrees above its record. Thursday and Friday will be brutally cold with lows in the single digits and wind chills around -15 degrees.

But temperatures are expected to rebound for the weekend, melting anything that sticks to the roads in time for the big game.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that cold weather is responsible for the majority of weather-related fatalities. It'll be the coldest air in central in in more than two decades with wind chills ranging from minus 20 to minus 40. Winds are coming from the south, making it a bit warmer through the afternoon. It is predicting air temperatures close to minus 20 and wind chills of minus 40 Wednesday morning.

While accumulations are forecast to be on the order of 1 to 3 inches, the abrupt transition to snow will result in rapidly deteriorating driving conditions. The areas in white will likely remain as snow. "Make sure your heating system, pipes, etc. are as well-prepared as possible", it advised.

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Up to 3 inches of snow is expected in the South, while the interior Northeast will see between 6 inches and a foot of snow by Wednesday night. "There's no sugarcoating it, the weather will get extremely cold", it tweeted.

We have another very cold start on Friday but then the recovery begins.

On Sunday, International Falls, Minnesota tumbled to -46°F (-43°C), the fifth lowest temperature it has ever recorded. The temperatures circled are within one degree of the current record at that location.

Temperatures are forecast to inch up to a daytime high of about minus 14 on Wednesday - the first subzero high temperature in five years and the coldest winter high ever recorded in Chicago - before dipping, again, to about minus 21 overnight.

Morning lows may reach the minus 20s in the Twin Cities, while Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, and Milwaukee may experience minus teens and minus 20s by Wednesday and Thursday, according to

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