Illinois braces for brutal cold, schools, courts closing

Wind, frigid temps early to mid-week

O'Hare International Airport received 3.1 inches, according to WMAQ, and the airport posted on Twitter that almost 600 flights were canceled.

Starting on Tuesday, January 29, weather experts predict that a quarter of the US will be facing below zero temperatures with parts of the Midwest expected to be deep-frozen for days. The effect could stay in place through Thursday with wind chills of 50 to 55 below projected.

But Monday's snow is just a precursor to what's in store for IL starting Tuesday.

Temperatures will recover to closer to average for this time of year by Friday, with even milder conditions expected this weekend, when highs and lows will be above average.

"Extreme and unsafe COLD! is forecast this week from the Northern Plains through the Great Lakes", the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted.

Outside of Chicago, in the Midwest, temperatures are forecast to plummet.




"By Wednesday and Thursday, morning lows may reach the minus 20s in the Twin Cities, with minus teens and minus 20s in Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago and Milwaukee", the Weather Channel reports.

Rain and snow will develop along an arctic front associated with the storm over parts of the Ohio Valley stretching into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Monday, according to the NWS.

Heavy snow and gusting winds have also created blizzard-like conditions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern IL and other Midwestern states where officials have also closed schools, courthouses and businesses. Will this week's temperatures break any of those records?

The U.S. Midwest and Northeast were braced for unsafe subzero temperatures this week, as the polar vortex was set to blast arctic conditions unusually far south, the National Weather Service said on Monday. The region can expect wind chills dipping to minus 20-degrees. More than three dozen flights were canceled early Monday at Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee County. In the state of Georgia, which will host the Super Bowl on Sunday, state offices will be closed on Tuesday in more than 30 counties. Officials have issued a travel alert for north-central, northeastern and southeastern North Dakota due to snow and blowing snow.

While accumulations are forecast to be on the order of 1 to 3 inches, the abrupt transition to snow will result in rapidly deteriorating driving conditions.

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