Frigid cold on Saturday, snow expected Sunday

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Chicago is expected to get snow on Sunday. (WLS)

Saturday's mornings single-digit cold weather was uncomfortable and dangerous, but temperatures increased as the day went on and Sunday is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of snow.

"Yeah, I'm ready, bring it on," said a bundled up Maurice Woolfork, a CTA employee.

Wind chills pushed the thermometer well below zero -- the real feel temperature at Chicago's lakefront was -10 degrees at 6:20 a.m., while northern suburbs like Woodstock felt like -15. A wind chill advisory was in effect until 9 a.m., but the worst of the cold temperatures was over by Saturday evening.

In Skokie, crews needed all the warm weather gear they could find Saturday afternoon as they worked to repair a broken water main that shot water out into the street.

Firefighters in suburban Glenwood battled the cold and a stubborn fire that virtually destroyed a 16-unit apartment building. The fire started in an upper unit and quickly spread through the entire structure. No one was hurt, but most residents lost everything.

People stuck waiting for buses and trains outside are done with the cold already.

"I'm never coming outside again," said Cece Williams, who was on her way home from work early Saturday morning. "Until they tell me that the weather is over 30 degrees, that's when I'm going to come back outside. I'm not coming outside no more."

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This weekend's cold weather is not only uncomfortable, it's downright dangerous.

The cold cancelled several planned events Saturday. Fleet Feet canceled a couple events for several hundred runners.

"We hate cancelling runs, it's not in our nature - we like to get out there and run in almost anything, but this is pretty extreme weather," says Dave Zimmer, of Fleet Feet.

For this Valentine's Day weekend you might just want to stay home with someone to keep you warm.

Information about warming centers can be found on the city's website. Call 311 to locate the closest warming center to you.
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