Residents are urged to take caution outside this morning as below-zero temperatures and strong winds moved into the Chicago area overnight.
A wind child advisory is in effect until 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are hovering anywhere between 10 degrees below zero to 10 degrees above zero.
Some areas are 20-degrees below zero with the wind chill, meteorologist Amy Seeley said.
“It’s definitely cold outside,” she said. “Those not wearing the proper clothing could pay the price today.”
The remainder of the day’s forecast includes partly cloudy conditions with temperatures in the single digits. Winds are out of the west at between 15 and 20 mph.
Saturday’s high is 24 degrees with cloudy conditions and a 60-percent chance of snow.
The bitter cold comes during a week that included record-breaking warmth and heavy rains.
Tuesday was the region’s warmest Jan. 29 ever, topping an almost century-old record, the National Weather Service said. The high temperature was 63.
— Lawerence Synett