Chicago Extreme Cold Returns, Likely for the Rest of the Week

By Emily Morris on January 20, 2014 9:12am 

 Ice built up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6.
Ice built up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6.
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CHICAGO — Wind chills could reach 15 to 25 degrees below zero this week, as bitter cold temperatures return to the city, meteorologists said. 

Though temperatures are not likely to be as low as the record-setting levels the city saw earlier this month, "It's a pretty cold period coming up," National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi said.

Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day on Monday and stay in the single digits on Tuesday, Izzi said. The temperature could fall to about 24 degrees by Monday evening, according to the weather service.

Light snow is expected to start Monday afternoon, and possible lake-effect snow could result in heavy precipitation on the Southeast Side of the city and into Indiana, Izzi said.

The cold air system headed our way from Canada and the arctic region isn't expected to let up anytime soon, Izzi said, who predicts frigid temperatures until this weekend.

Though the city could warm to about 20 degrees Friday and head into the 20s on Saturday, another cold burst of air might hit again over the weekend, Izzi said.

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