Cold weather has been the rule in Chicago this month -- not extreme, but persistent. Highs have varied only nine degrees from 26 on Feb. 10 to 35 on Feb. 5. The week ahead promises more of the same, and it is likely that a week from now the city will still not have recorded a 40-degree high by Feb. 21 -- the latest such occurrence in 31 years, when it finally reached 42 on Feb. 23, 1979.
Light snow could bring up to an inch or so of accumulation here Monday into Tuesday as a more significant storm lays a blanket of heavy snow across the southern Midwest into the Ohio Valley. A second storm later this week poses another snow threat, and the city could be on the north edge of the significant totals.
Snow, cold lingers in South
Wintry weather continues across the South with more snow and cold. Winter weather warnings and advisories are posted Monday across a broad area from Arkansas and Mississippi east to Georgia.
Record afternoon cold gripped Florida again Sunday with highs from the middle 50s to lower 60s. Late Sunday afternoon it was warmer at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 54 degrees, than at Tampa, 52.