Bitter Blast of Cold Air This Week

Today's saving grace: the wind will be light, so wind chill won't be a huge factor

There's no precipitation expected today, and Mother Nature may even give us a little bit of sunshine, but it's going to be a very cold day.

Temperatures at 6:45 a.m. were in the single digits throughout the Chicago area, and they'll only peak in the teens just after midday. The average temperature for this time of year is 36 degrees.

The saving grace: the wind will be light, so wind chill won't be a huge factor. Tuesday's conditions will be about the same before the bottom falls out on Wednesday and Thursday as a reinforcing blast of cold air takes temperature highs to the single digits with below-zero wind chills.

Temperature lows for Wednesday and Thursday look to sit at -4 and -3 degrees respectively. Lake effect snow showers are also possible both days in the Michiana snowbelts.

Thursday's high temperature will likely break a record low maximum of nine degrees set in 1936. NBC Chicago's Byron Miranda predicts a high temperature for Thursday of just four degrees.

There looks to be some minor relief for the weekend as temperatures reach into the 20s.

Parts of Southern Illinois on Monday were under a Winter Storm Warning that stretches to Arkansas to the East Coast of the United States. More than 40 million Americans are expected to be impacted by the storm that's likely to cause travel chaos and bring down power lines.

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