(Update at 6:40 a.m. Monday) Temperatures were 12 below zero with wind chills predicted to be as low as minus 41 when much of Highland Park awoke today just after 6 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
The temperature is not expected to rise to more than -8 with a low of 12 below tonight with wind chills reaching negative 37.
Schools and other organizations are closed. Patch will keep you up to date through the day. Please see with a NorthShore University HealthSystem physician has to say about venturing out if you must.
(Earlier at 5:45 a.m. Sunday) The thermometer is heading well below zero in Highland Park today with nearly two feet of snow is on the ground between the two-day storm last week and one that fell Saturday and today, according to the National Weather Service.
As soon as the winter storm warning expired today, a wind chill warning went into effect through noon Tuesday with temperatures expected to go as low as 15 below zero with wind chills a possible minus 44.
Schools are closed in Highland Park Monday and perhaps Tuesday. Other organizations have closed and cancelled activities.
For anyone going outside, frostbite is a concern. Using a hat, gloves and plenty of layers are a must, according to Dr. Ernest Wang of NorthShore University Healthsystems.
By 5 p.m. today, temperatures will be 13 above with a -7 wind chill. Overnight, the mercury is anticipated to dip to -15 with wind chills 39 below. There will be little respite Monday with a forecast high of 11 below zero and a -44 wind chill. The mercury will dip to -16 Monday night with a real feel of -41.
The temperature is expected to climb to 1 above Tuesday but will dip to -2 Tuesday night before reaching 17 Wednesday.
Unofficially, seven inches of snow fell between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in Highland Park. With more than a foot falling Tuesday and Wednesday, there is nearly two feet on the ground as the temperatures head below zero.