Loyola students will swap their pencils for parkas as record-breaking cold weather is slated to hit Chicago this week, officials said.
A winter weather advisory was issued Nov. 11 by the National Weather Service (NWS) for Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana, according to its website. Winter weather advisories are issued whenever there is a combination of three to six inches of snow, light sleet or ice accumulation and visibility reductions due to snow.
Wednesday is cloudy and brings a high of 30 degrees with wind chills approaching one degree and a low of 24 degrees. There’s a 20 percent chance of snow after 4 p.m. that will increase to 60 percent at night.
Thursday brings another 20 percent chance of snow with a high of 34 degrees and a low of 22 degrees, with temperatures rising as Friday approaches with a high of 38 on Nov. 15.
The weekend offers some warmth with a high of 37 and a low of 28 on Saturday. Sunday is expected to have a high of 40 and a low of 32 with a small chance of rain and snow at night.
A high of 21 degrees — seven degrees lower than the record lowest high in 1995 — and a wind chill of -4 degrees was reported Tuesday morning with gradual warming to a high of 35 on Friday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.
Snow showered parts of the state Monday and temperatures dropped into the low twenties as nightfall approached, according to the NWS website.
Record Breaking Temperatures Likely Tue. Lowest Wind Chill Tuesday AM 11 below zero to zero. Wind Chill Tuesday afternoon will be in the single digits. Wednesday AM will also be cold with lows from 5 to 12 degrees. Lowest Wind Chill Wednesday AM 2 below zero to 3 above zero. pic.twitter.com/BQ80g8rEVJ
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) November 11, 2019
High winds — some as fast as 35 mph — reportedly caused 10-foot waves in Lake Michigan through Monday night into Tuesday morning, and caused a Lakeshore Flood Warning to go into effect until noon Tuesday.
First-year Loyola student Michael Muzupappa — a Chicago native — said he’s not surprised it’s gotten this cold early in the year.
“I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life,” the 18-year-old said. “The weather here doesn’t want to make sense.”
As a commuter student, Muzupappa said the bad weather can turn his 30-minute commute into a 45-minute one — but this doesn’t include the time it takes for him to warm up the car.
He said while the extreme cold makes him want to skip class, he won’t.
“I’m paying … for those classes, missing one costs [money],” the neuroscience major said.
Other students, such as junior Armin Alibasic, said the weather doesn’t affect his journey to school too much.
Alibasic — who’s lived in Chicago his whole life — said he has to leave his apartment a little earlier than normal to avoid slipping on the icy sidewalks.
No matter how cold it is, the 20-year-old biology and neuroscience major said he never skips class, but always remembers to bundle up.
Some students said the extreme cold makes it hard to get to class, citing possible CTA delays from the snow.
“The snow can add 15 minutes or more to my commute,” said Maya Roytman, a first-year studying neuroscience.
Roytman takes the CTA Red Line to get to class everyday, but sometimes fighting the cold isn’t worth it, she said.
“I’m faced with a dilemma,” the 18-year-old said. “Should I stay and walk home from the train station in the biting cold at night or skip class and be warm.”