February Freeze Could Break 140-Year-Old Record in Chicago

With bitter temperatures forecast for most of this week, this could be the coldest February in Chicago history

With the end of February just days away, Chicago inches closer to breaking a 140-year-old weather record.

Bitter temperatures in the forecast for most of this week could make this month the coldest February in Chicago history. The previous record was set in 1875, according to the National Weather Service.

The February freeze has left little room for relief for Chicagoans, starting the last week of the month off with wind chills in the -20-degree range. Tuesday’s temperatures, though above zero, stayed bitter with wind chill readings between -5 and -15 degrees.

The city could also break yet another temperature record on Thursday, just one week after the Chicago area’s dangerously cold temps froze their way into the record books.

Thursday’s temperature highs will sit between 10 and 15 degrees. The record low high for the day is 11 degrees.

The area might also see snow accumulations between 1 and 2 inches Thursday.

Friday looks to be even colder, with morning temps at or below zero and wind chills between -10 and -15 degrees. Highs for the day are forecast to reach into the teens, well below-average for this time of year.

The month will likely end on a not-so-bitter note with temperatures reaching into the upper-20s by Saturday and even into the low-30s by Sunday.

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