Dangerous cold in Chicago for 1st day of 2018

CHICAGO -- 2018 got off to a frigid start in Chicago. Most of the area is under a Wind Chill Advisory until noon Tuesday.

The Wind Chill Advisory affects the following counties:

  • Illinois - Cook, Will, Lake, DuPage, Kendall, Ogle, Grundy, Iroquois, DeKalb, McHenry, LaSalle, Kankakee and Lee.
  • Indiana - Porter, Newton, Lake, Jasper and La Porte.
  • Wisconsin - Kenosha, Racine and Walworth.

The National Weather Service says to expect wind chills to range from -20 to -35, with the coldest through Monday morning. These wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin.

Earlier Monday, the coldest temperatures recorded in northeast Illinois/northwest Indiana has been Pontiac, Ill., where the  temperature bottomed out just before 8 a.m. at -21 degrees with a wind chill of -41 degrees, followed closely by Ottawa/Peru with a -19-degree low temperature and wind chill of -41-degrees.

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