Chicago Weather: Frigid temps to continue through New Year

Sunday, December 31, 2017
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With temperatures in the single digits and wind chills even lower, people are bundling up if they choose to head outside.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- With temperatures in the single digits and wind chills even lower, people are bundling up if they choose to head outside. Despite the cold, they're enjoying the weekend, which is hitting at a busy time in Chicago.

Tens of thousands are in town this weekend to ring in the new year and many were ice skating in single digit temperatures at Millennium Park.

"It is cold and it is kind of fun," said Chicago visitor Samahni Campbell.

But for others, this weather is unbearable.

"So when it is cold I want it to be summer. When it is hot I want it to be winter," said Aashman Dhar, another Chicago visitor.

"We are just here from the weekend. We came from Detroit. We thought it was cold back there, but it is horrible here," said tourist Khalid Alfares.

One group put together hundreds of care packages for the homeless and stocked them with hand warmers.

"It is a big problem in the city and any helping hand right now is a good thing," said Hersh Mosqueda who was packing supplies for the homeless.

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For newlyweds posing for photos, they proved love can conquer all-- including winter in Chicago.

"I can't complain, but I feel so bad for her," said Joe Hojnacki, the groom.

"I think the adrenaline is keeping me warm, because I honestly don't feel very cold, as cold I am seeing everyone else bundled up. I'm feeling pretty good right now," said Vanessa Gallegos, the bride.

Photographer Michelle Weeks gave them tips so they won't look frozen on their special day.

"Snuggle close and, you know, that new love that they just got married and go off of that," said Weeks.

The photographer said she has to keep her camera warm in this weather. We're sure those pictures will look great.


Snow has left the Chicago area, but bitter cold air remains throughout the weekend.

Saturday's cold follows a blast of snow that started for the evening commute Friday night.

A light snow fell, but with the cold temperatures, it created a lot of slick conditions and some drivers saw a lot of issues on the road.

"It is bad out there," said driver Jeremy Zagrakalis. "Probably saw about three, four accidents out there. One fishtailed right in front of me. A little wild."

Early Saturday morning, a PNC ATM downtown flooded after a sprinkler burst. Officials believe it is because of the cold conditions.

Saturday, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation transitioned its snow plows to begin clearing residential streets after clearing main streets.

A Wind Chill Advisory is scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, New Year's Eve, starting at 9 p.m. until noon on Tuesday, January 2.