Chicago's New Year's Day Cold Makes History

The year 2018 is off to an historic start for Chicago -- but not a pleasant one. 

According to the National Weather Service, the Chicago area saw its lowest-recorded high temperature on a New Year’s Day - ever. The city's low maximum temperature was set at 1 degree at O'Hare Airport Monday. The previous record was five degrees above zero, which occurred in 1969. 

A record low average temperature was also set at -4 degrees at O'Hare Airport. The previous record for lowest average temperature for Jan. 1 was -2.5 degrees, also set in 1969.

New Year's Day brought wind chill warnings and advisories to the area as readings dipped to dangerous levels. 

A Wind Chill Warning was issued for several Chicago-area counties, including McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall and Kankakee.

Stunning Photos of Chicago in the Cold

The warning remained in effect until noon Monday with wind chills forecast between 20 and 35 below-zero. A second warning begins for LaSalle and Kankakee counties at 7 p.m. and continues to 1 p.m. Tuesday. 

A Wind Chill Advisory was also in place for the entire metro area until noon Tuesday with readings ranging from 20 to 30 below-zero. 

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Things stay cold Tuesday with highs between 9 and 13 degrees forecast and wind chill readings well bellow-zero. 

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