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Most of Illinois bracing for severe cold wave

Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service


CHICAGO — The National Weather Service offices across Illinois put out warnings Monday on the severe temperatures. Forecasts had wind chills of -54 degrees F for Wednesday. The average temp on the Antarctic coast, by the way, is 14 degrees F.

As of noon on Monday, we hadn’t found any plans for LGBTQ groups cancelling or postponing events. However, we will track them and let people know of any cancellations as we find them. It will be hitting the entire state, including the areas around MetroEast and Carbondale.

From the NWS office in St. Louis covering MetroEast, Western Illinois and parts of Southern Illinois:

Dangerously cold air will be moving into the area on Tuesday night, and will persist through Thursday. The lowest wind chill will be on Wednesday morning when readings are expected to dip as low as 35-40 degrees below zero in northeast Missouri and west central Illinois.

NWS office in the Quad Cities:

By early this evening, wind chills of 20 below zero are likely in eastern Iowa, and by Midnight, wind chills of 20 to 30 below zero are expected for most areas north of an a line from Ottumwa, Iowa to Galesburg, Illinois.

Tuesday night through Thursday morning, dangerous to life-threatening wind chills are possible. The coldest temperatures since 1996 combined with wind are expected to push wind chills into the 30 below to 55 degree below zero range.

Central and Eastern Illinois:

An intense Arctic air mass, the likes of which aren’t seen too often around here, will impact central Illinois Tuesday through Thursday. During this time, wind chills may exceed 40 below zero in some areas near and north of I-74, and actual low temperatures in the teens below zero will be widespread near and north of I-72.

Northern Illinois:

Near to RECORD cold is still incoming — little to no change to the midweek forecast.

Both Rockford and Chicago are likely to set multiple cold temperature records this week, including potentially the all time low for Rockford and the coldest daytime highs for both locations. Brutally cold wind chills also are expected Tuesday evening through Thursday morning.


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