Bitter cold sweeps in after snow

January 13, 2012

By Jennifer Brandel and The Associated Press

(AP/Nam Y. Huh)
Snow covers cars at O'Hare Airport Thursday. The storm caused more than 500 cancellations between O'Hare and Midway airports.

Bittter cold temperatures are moving into the region now that the snow has mostly passed through. Meteorologist David Beachler with the National Weather Service said to beware of frostbite.

"With the wind expected to be gusty at times today and the temperatures holding in the middle teens - that's gonna create windchill ratings between zero and at times ten below zero," Beachler said.

The temperatures Friday night will be in the single digits.

Beachler said more storm systems are expected through the weekend. Saturday morning could bring a little more snow accumulation, with highs in the 20s. Sunday temperatures will rise into the 30s, but the above-freezing temperatures brings the possibility of rain mixed with snow - which could make for very slick conditions.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said yesterday evening that more than 400 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport
and delays from deicing were averaging 20 minutes. Southwest Airlines canceled more than 100 flights at Midway International Airport earlier in the day.

The National Weather Service in northern Illinois predicts between 6 and 8 inches of snow in Chicago and Joliet and 4 to 6 inches in Rockford, Dixon, LaSalle and Pontiac. Between 2 and 5 inches of snow are forecast in central Illinois.

Ice and snow covered roads were reported around Freeport, the Quad Cities, Bloomington and Jacksonville.