Persistent Below-Zero Temperatures Visit Midwest Again 1/27/14
CHICAGO — Arctic air is again settling into much of the Midwest.
Forecasters in Chicago were telling residents this morning that the high temperature for the day had already come and gone -- and that the low may reach four degrees below zero, with wind chills at 40 below.
One woman arriving by train for her job in downtown Chicago joked that she'd be "moving to Alaska, where it's warmer." She was kidding, but her description of the weather conditions was correct.
If the city sees 60 straight hours of negative readings, it will be the longest stretch of those temperatures in Chicago since 1983.
Hundreds of flights and some morning trains from Chicago were canceled today.
Travel in some spots is treacherous. In Indiana, 50 mile-an-hour wind gusts were recorded. Snow drifts closed Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Canadian border, but the highway has since reopened.
The weather pattern that is driving Arctic air south is expected to force temperatures to plummet for the next couple of days. Wind chills are expected to make it feel like 14 below in Kansas City, and 18 below in Dayton, Ohio.