The “historic” cold is a bit of a misnomer, at least that's what experts suggest.
There is a pretty good chance some Chicago daily records will fall. The coldest high temperature ever recorded on January 30 was 3 degrees set back in 2004, with a forecast high of -2 degrees that day.
This time around, Chicago could indeed break that record. However, the Chicago area has endured much colder temperatures and wind chills in year’s past.
Experts say records on “consecutive hours below zero” are pretty hard to come by since it’s usually not readily available online.
Temperatures are set to fall in the afternoon and precipitation in the area could entirely change over to snow.
Preliminary estimates say as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow is possible in the northern suburbs while 2 to 5 inches could be seen in the southern suburbs, and around 3 inches possible in the city.
More precise estimates on snowfall totals are expected to come over the next 24 hours.