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Cold Weather Just Getting Started: Temps Will Stay Below Zero for Two Days

By Erica Demarest | January 3, 2014 10:14am
 Sarah Hawks, 26, walks her dog on the beach Thursday, Jan. 2, in Rogers Park.
Sarah Hawks, 26, walks her dog on the beach Thursday, Jan. 2, in Rogers Park.
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CHICAGO — If you thought this week's winter weather was bad — guess again.

Between sunset Sunday and midday Tuesday, Chicagoans probably won't see a single temperature above zero degrees as an arctic front moves through the city, according to the National Weather Service.

"Temperatures are going to be falling well below zero for a 48- to 60-hour stretch," said meteorologist David Beachler. By Tuesday afternoon, "we're only getting to maybe zero or 1 degree."

Temperatures should stabilize Tuesday night, Beachler said, with highs in the teens on Wednesday. By Thursday, thermometers might stretch to 30 degrees.

"It'll probably feel really warm compared to earlier in the week," Beachler said.

But that warmth will be short-lived. Another snowy storm system is expected to hit Chicago late next week.

While it's still too early to offer temperature or accumulation predictions for next week, Beachler did say Chicagoans might see "a couple inches at best" this weekend.

A low-pressure front moving up from the south will dump on Ford and Iroquois counties starting Saturday afternoon. Chicago might see snowfall, but meteorologists anticipate the "axis of heavy snowfall" missing the city.