Chicago, IL – Chicago and surrounding areas, including La Salle, Kendall, Grundy, Kankakee, and Southern Will Counties, are bracing for severe winter conditions.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago, a combination of falling snow and westerly wind gusts exceeding 30 mph is expected to cause significantly reduced visibility tonight. This will particularly affect open and rural areas, especially north to south oriented roadways.
A Wind Chill Warning has been issued, effective from midnight tonight until noon on Sunday, January 14. The NWS warns of dangerously cold wind chills reaching 30 to 35 degrees below zero. Additionally, a Wind Chill Advisory will be in place from noon Sunday to 9 AM Wednesday, with expected wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero. These conditions pose a risk of frostbite on exposed skin within as little as 10 minutes.
Residents are advised to travel with caution, carry emergency supplies, and inform others of their travel plans. The extreme cold and hazardous road conditions require heightened awareness and preparedness.