With -8 degrees air temperature at dawn and wind chill approaching -30 degrees, today is the coldest Feb. 19 in recorded history. Today’s high of 2 or 3 degrees will beat the previous 1936 record of 9 degrees, reports NBC.
Chicago Public Schools closed for the day, while Loyola remained open. The Chicago Transit Authority is expected to run smoothly, though the Metra experienced major delays, according to the Tribune.
Record cold took the whole Eastern half of the country, including Florida andKentucky. Photos of a frozen Niagara Falls are also becoming emblematic of what some are calling the “Siberian Express.”
The weekend is expected to bring higher temperatures along with snow, according to NBC Chicago.