Tuesday's Cold Sets Temperature Record in Chicago

If you thought it was especially cold in Chicago Tuesday, you were right.  Tuesday's bitter temperatures were so cold they set a city weather record.

The mercury struggled to reach the 20s, only hitting a high of 19 degrees, breaking a record set on Nov. 18, 1903, according to the National Weather Service.

The record coldest high temperature on that date was 22 degrees. The record low temperature for that date was 8 degrees, set in 1880.

In Rockford, two temperatures records were broken Tuesday.

The city saw a high temperature of 19 degrees, breaking the record for the lowest high temperature set at 28 degrees in 1951. The city also saw a record low temperature of 8 degrees, dipping below the previous 11-degree record set in 1989.

NBC’s Katie Kim reports on winter preparations for Chicago-area transit.

NBC Chicago Storm Team meteorologist Andy Avalos forecast Monday's high temperature at just 21 degrees. With the wind chill factored in, the nighttime temperature was expected to feel like 4 degrees below zero.

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Conditions look to warm up slightly Wednesday as temps reach back into the 20s and are expected to recover into the 40s for the weekend.

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