‘Brutal Cold, The Sequel’ — Mercury set to keep dropping throughout day

Written By By matt mckinney Staff Reporter Posted: 01/27/2014, 12:15pm
Array Shelly Cronin and her son Grayson Cronin, 8, cross at Clark and Broadway in Lakeview on Sunday. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Here we go again.

Brutally cold weather is back.

“It’s teaching my third-grade son to be a true Chicagoan,” said Jessica Ashley, 41, a blogger in Ravenswood.

Chicago’s latest teaching moment hit the area Monday, another round of dangerous cold, the finale to a month of historically frigid weather. By 9 a.m. Monday, the temperature had dropped to minus 3 at O’Hare International Airport, with a wind chill of minus 26.

But Izze Manna, 23, didn’t think that sounded so bad.

“It’s not terrible — I’m from Minnesota,” the North Sider said as she headed to work at a cat shelter Monday morning. “It’s pretty normal. My mom was telling me there are whiteout conditions back home and roads are closed. So this is pretty nice.”

“Nice” might be a relative term, as temperatures Monday are expected to hover between 2 below zero and 6 below zero, with wind chill values between 30 to 40 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predict temperatures will continue to plunge overnight Tuesday, dropping to 12 below zero.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday, while a wind chill warning will run from 3 a.m. Monday until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

This is Chicago’s 13th coldest winter on record, meteorologist Bill Nelson said.

The subzero temperatures could last up to 60 hours, according to the wind chill advisory.

On top of cold temperatures, slick roadways and snowy sidewalks may put a kink into travel plans for many in the Chicago area Monday.

Blowing and drifting snow stopped traffic on some interstates Sunday evening. Illinois State Police shut down stretches of Interstate 80 and Interstate 55.

Monday morning, state police said all interstates were passable.

O’Hare International Airport canceled more than 435 flights Monday, while at least 80 flights were canceled at Midway, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.

The deep freeze will begin to let up Wednesday, with highs possibly reaching 20 degrees.

The latest string of subzero temperatures has many Chicago residents looking toward warmer days.

“It’s the stir-crazy element. I think everybody’s just ready to be outside again,” said Linda Nitchzke, 47, a jeweler in Lincoln Park.Contributing: Stefano Esposito

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