Bitterly cold weather will remain with us through the start of 2018. Later New Year’s Eve evening through the morning of New Year’s Day will feature the coldest temperatures and wind chills of this stretch, with daily record cold temperatures being threatened at Chicago and Rockford. Avoid spending prolonged time outdoors if possible, but whenever going outside, dress in layers, hat and gloves, covering exposed skin to avoid frostbite. Be like Randy, except we hope you can mover your arms. Bring pets indoors. Our fury friends should not be out any longer then it takes them to do their business. If you have boots for your fury friends, please use them. Regarding snow potential, it’s overall low for most of the area, with some light snow or flurries possible tonight into early Saturday. The lake effect snow potential on Sunday remains lower confidence, with Porter County still more favored to have a period of snow, though it still can’t be ruled out near the lake in Illinois and into Lake County Indiana.
Chicago – While cold now, even colder air is arriving for New Year’s Eve night into New Year’s Day. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana including the Chicago area during that time. Here is a look at hourly forecast temperatures and wind chills.
Wind chill is how the wind and cold feel on exposed skin. The colder the temperature and stronger the wind, the quicker frostbite could set in on exposed skin.
With bitterly cold weather forecast for much of the week, it’s important to know the dangers associated with extreme cold temperatures.
Scattered snow showers, mainly between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 13. Wind chill values as low as -14. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Partly cloudy, with a low around -5. Wind chill values as low as -21. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
New Year’s Day
Sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Wind chill values as low as -23. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around -4. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny and cold, with a high near 10.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 4.
A slight chance of snow showers between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.