CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County is entrenched in bitter cold, and it's not expected to warm up anytime soon.
The cold weather is affecting everything from water pipes to garbage collection schedules to bringing home groceries.
The average high for this time of year is about 30 degrees, but temperatures recently have been shy of hitting 20 degrees, said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Temperatures ranged from 10 degrees to 15 degrees Tuesday, and another cold front is expected in the afternoon Wednesday, with temperatures at 5 degrees below zero by Wednesday night.
This is the coldest air McHenry County residents have experienced since 2014, with Monday's 1 degree high the coldest since Jan. 6, 2014, Castro said.