Chicago weather: Cold temperatures set in; wind chills in single digits

It has been 20 years since Chicago-area residents experienced temperatures so low this early in the season.
November 24, 2013 6:50:34 AM PST
It has been 20 years since Chicago-area residents experienced temperatures so cold this early in the season, and the weather has left its mark on the entire region.

Looking out of the window, it might not seem so cold, but step outside Sunday, and it hits you ? although conditions were not as windy Sunday morning as they were Saturday.

Overnight temperatures, dipped into the single digits, causing a water main to break in southwest suburban Joliet.

Later, as crews worked repair it, they found out the main break also caused a gas line to break. So, some residents were forced to leave their homes because they did not have any heat.

All night long, people bundled up to stay warm.

At Saturday's Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, it was all about layers.

Some area residents say they like this kind of weather.

"I don't really hate it. I mean, I like when it's warmer, but the cold weather is kind of nice when the holidays come around. I don't want a warm Christmas," said Brady Lakota, who was actually wearing shorts Sunday.

The City of Chicago has services in place to help residents stay warm and safe, including warming centers in several locations. To find one near you, click here or to learn about programs that will give you heating assistance, call 311.


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