Vintage Video Shows What Chicago Was Like During Its All-Time Coldest Temperatures - NBC Chicago

Vintage Video Shows What Chicago Was Like During Its All-Time Coldest Temperatures

We're taking a look back at five days in the 1980's that are the coldest the city has ever experienced

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    The city of Chicago is going through one of the coldest days in its history, and we thought it would be interesting to take a trip back in time to see how NBC 5 covered some of the most frigid weather this city has ever experienced.

    Jan. 19, 1985 (-23 degrees)

    On this date, the temperature plunged all the way to minus-23 degrees, the fifth-coldest date on record. NBC 5’s George Ciccarone had all the details of how the city dealt with the Arctic blast:

    Throwback: Jan. 19, 1985Throwback: Jan. 19, 1985

    On what was considered the fifth-coldest day in Chicago history, NBC 5's George Ciccarone has the dramatic images of the Windy City frozen to a halt. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    Dec. 24, 1983 (-25 degrees) 

    It was a Christmas Chill in 1983, as the temperature dropped to an appropriate minus-25 degrees. David Kohler was on the scene as Chicagoans saw their holiday iced over in a big way.

    Throwback: Dec. 23, 1983 Christmas Cold SnapThrowback: Dec. 23, 1983 Christmas Cold Snap

    It was a Christmas cold snap in Dec. 1983, and NBC 5's David Kohler talked to residents who had their holiday cheer tested to the extreme. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    Jan. 16, 1982 (-25 degrees) 

    On the third-coldest day in Chicago history, roads across the Midwest were blocked by blowing snow and frigid temperatures, and those trying to venture out in the cold often found their cars were simply not up to the task:

    Throwback: Frigid Weather Shuts Down Roads on 1/16/82Throwback: Frigid Weather Shuts Down Roads on 1/16/82

    The weather was so cold on Jan. 16, 1982 that roads across the Midwest were left impassable due to the conditions. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    The cold also caused plenty of other problems for Chicago residents, and Barbara Shlek was on that story:

    Throwback: Jan. 16, 1982Throwback: Jan. 16, 1982

    NBC 5's Barbara Shlek was on the story the day that Chicago experienced its third coldest day on record. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    Jan. 10, 1982 (-26 degrees) 

    At minus-26 degrees, this was the second-coldest day in the history of the city, and news events occurred all around the city as the mercury plunged.

    Fred Briggs had a recap of the day:

    Throwback: Jan. 10, 1982Throwback: Jan. 10, 1982

    On the second-coldest day in Chicago history, Fred Briggs explored the impact that the frigid weather was having on the city. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    While residents in another Chicago community dealt with a devastating fire:

    Throwback: Fire Ravages Home on Jan. 10, 1982Throwback: Fire Ravages Home on Jan. 10, 1982

    On the second-coldest day in Chicago history, fire ravaged a home, sending a family fleeing for safety. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    Deborah Norville also had the story about how 27 people were evacuated from an apartment complex because of a carbon monoxide leak that went unaddressed for several days:

    Carbon Monoxide Hospitalizes 27 on Jan. 10, 1982 Carbon Monoxide Hospitalizes 27 on Jan. 10, 1982

    27 people were hospitalized on one of the coldest days in Chicago history due to a carbon monoxide leak at an apartment complex. NBC 5's Deborah Norville had that report on Jan. 10, 1982. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

    Jan. 20, 1985 (-27 degrees) 

    The current reigning champion for coldest day in Chicago history, the temperature never got above minus-27 degrees on this frigid date. George Ciccarone has the details:

    Throwback: Jan. 20, 1985Throwback: Jan. 20, 1985

    On the coldest day in Chicago's history, reporter George Ciccarone had all the details on how the city, and the Midwest in general, were dealing with the cold. 

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019)

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