It’s been a rough winter so far with a lot of snow and cold, but it is about to get a lot worse. Still digging out from the New Year’s snow, the area is facing another major snowstorm later today and tonight that promises to bring substantial snowfall to much of the area. Current forecast s give a range of snowfall across the region ranging from an inch or two well northwest ot the city, to 4 to 8 inches across much of the Chicago Metro area to a foot or more in areas east and south. The snow will begin late this morning in north central Illinois and spread across the remainder of the area later this afternoon and tonight and continue on Sunday.
Following the snow will be a brand of cold not seen in the area for nearly 20 years. Temperatures are expected to drop below zero on Sunday night and likely remain below zero until Wednesday, threatening several records. Highs on Monday will struggle to reach 10 below zero, putting the city’s records for the all-time lowest high temperature of minus 11 established on December 24, 1983 and tied on January 18, 1994 in jeopardy. In addition strong winds will accompany the subzero temperature dropping wind chills to dangerous low levels of 40 to 50 below zero.
This weekend will bring back memories of the city’s severe winters of 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1983-83 and 1984-85 that rewrote the city’s record books in terms of snow, cold and wind chill..