Freezing temps welcome 2014

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 7:51 a.m. CDT

The Chicago-metro area, including Kane County, is headed for a deep freeze this week and through the beginning of next week, as Arctic cold fronts move in, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Lake effect snow is expected today but more toward Chicago, said meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss at the weather service’s Romeoville office.

“We’re forecasting a pretty intense band of lake effect snow, so if you’re traveling to the city, it’s not the best day for it,” Deubelbeiss said. “We’re not anticipating anything that far west. If anything, it will be just light snow, nothing significant.”

But behind that weather system will be frigid temperatures hitting the area starting tonight, he said.

“You’re looking at low temperatures through Friday morning of 12 and 13 degrees below zero with wind chills of 20 below zero,” Deubelbeiss said. “Friday temperatures will rebound into the low teens, but another cold front will come through on the weekend.”

Saturday will see another rebound into the low 30s with a light accumulation of snow, Deubelbeiss said, but temperatures will fall through the night and during the day Sunday to 8 or 9 degrees below zero.

The cold will persist in the single digits through Monday and Tuesday.

“It will be a very, very cold start to the new year,” Deubelbeiss said.

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