CHICAGO (WLS) -- Layers will be key Thursday, as well as a hat, a scarf, gloves, thermals and hand warmers. Wind chills will be in the single digits in the Chicago area, with high temperatures only reaching the mid-20s.
"I don't like it, but I'm used to it. It's long overdue, so it is what it is," said Phyllis Hood, a CTA rider.
A CTA commuter ABC7 Eyewitness News spokes with early Thursday morning at the Roosevelt/Wabash station in the Loop said when it gets this cold and he is on the train platform, he tries to stand behind people to protect himself from the wind.
"It's so windy. I try to track my train before I get there so I can just be in and out," said Jazline Torres, a commuter.
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ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said winds will gust 20-30 mph, which will send a deep chill through people's bodies as they head out the door. Flurries and light snow will fall in some areas in the morning.
Chicago was bundled up so tight Thursday, it was hard to see their faces. But at least people were prepared to brave the cold.
"Cover your face and your hands and you'll be good," said Charlene Stubbs, another commuter.
"You know, I was born and raised in Chicago, so I'm used to it. It's in our DNA," said Joy Aruguete, a Chicagoan.
Thursday was the coldest day of the season so far. But next week, it's going to be even colder, when high temperatures will be in the teens. After hearing that, some people, like Sandra Ellis, dreamed of far-away places.
"Hawaii sounds good right about now. Beach, palm trees, 80 degrees. That sounds perfect," Ellis said.
Peoples Gas reminded customers to never use a stove or oven to heat a home, be careful when using space heaters and make sure carbon monoxide detectors are working.