Morning Shift

Chicago Could Break Record For Longest Cold Snap

Bundled-up people are reflected by the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Bitter cold temperatures are affecting parts of the U.S. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Jason Marck

Chicago has lived through its fair share of cold weather, so it may come as a surprise that the city is on track to break a record this week. If the temperature doesn’t reach above 20 degrees by Saturday — and it’s not expected to — the city will have spent 12 days with temperatures below 20. The last time that happened in Chicago was back in 1936. 

So what should residents be doing to protect themselves, their families and pets from the icy winds and subzero temps? Morning Shift talks to a doctor, a veterinarian, and one researcher who regularly spends time in the South Pole.