The Chicago area is set to see record-breaking cold Monday as a Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect, warning of temperatures feeling like between 15 and 25 degrees below zero.
The Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect for the entire Chicago area through 9 a.m., and until 11 a.m. for McHenry and DeKalb counties, according to the National Weather Service.
Wind chill values across the area could drop as low as 25 degrees below zero in some locations, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team - and the light of day won't bring much relief. Despite the mostly sunny skies, highs remain between 10 and 16 degrees. The record low maximum temperature for March 4 is 17 degrees, so if temperatures hold below that, as they're expected to, it will be Chicago's coldest March 4 on record.
Wind chill readings remain below zero through the afternoon. Monday night looks to be still breezy and bitter, with temperatures holding fairly steady between 6 and 12 degrees, possibly rising a degree or two overnight. Some scattered light snow snow showers and flurries are possible, but only a dusting in spots possible by dawn.
It will take several days for temperatures to rebound to more seasonal levels. Tuesday looks to be mostly cloudy with a few flurries, still breezy and bitter cold in the morning with wind chill readings between 5 and 15 degrees below zero. A partly cloudy afternoon remains cold for the season with highs in the upper teens and low 20s.
Wednesday looks to be not quite as cold with highs in the mid 20s, continuing to creep into the upper 20s to 30 by Thursday and reaching above freezing - in the mid to upper 30s - by Friday.