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Chicago will have its coldest Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in nearly 40 years


But much warmer temperatures are expected over the coming holiday weekend

Temperatures remained below freezing at both Chicago airports on Friday, with each airport recording -1 as their high for the day. The last time the high was below 0 degrees in Chicago was on January 30, 2019, when the high was -10. It was the first time the daily average temperature had dipped below freezing since Valentine’s Day in 2021. At noon on Bear Day Saturday, the high is forecast to reach 8 degrees with a wind chill of minus 14. Temperatures will remain low with dangerous winds through the weekend. The slow-warming trend picks up by midweek, when temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 40s on Thursday and near 50 on Friday. According to long-term forecasts, the temperature in early January will be above normal.

Light precipitation is possible Sunday and Monday night, with a chance of rain Wednesday night into Friday.

Many states still have winter weather advisories, watches and warnings in place after arctic air invades. Freeze warnings are in effect Saturday morning for the Gulf Coast states. Wind watches and advisories extend from Montana to the Carolinas. A winter weather advisory goes into effect Saturday for Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.


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