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Monday Wind Chills Called 'Deadly'

We've already recorded a record low temperature. Return to this article for updates during the day.

Credit: National Weather Service
Credit: National Weather Service
The National Weather Service of Chicago is calling Monday's wind chills "deadly" and is advising residents to stay indoors.

The Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until noon Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

The temperature in Geneva was minus 17 degrees as of 8:44 a.m.

Vehicles are reported abandoned, and a variety of accidents and stalled vehicles are keeping Geneva police busy Monday, according to Tri-Com scanner reports.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago area hit a record low for this date when O'Hare recorded a temperature of minus 15 degrees, beating the previous low temperature of minus 14 degrees.

Here's the latest from the National Weather Service in Chicago:


* A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY COLD AND POTENTIALLY LIFE
  THREATENING WIND CHILLS WILL OCCUR THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* WIND CHILLS...30 BELOW ZERO THROUGH MIDDAY TUESDAY...WITH A
  PERIOD OF 40 BELOW TO 50 BELOW ZERO THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.
  THESE FORECAST WIND CHILLS ARE THE LOWEST IN NEARLY 20 YEARS.

* FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA WILL OCCUR IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
  WITH THESE EXPECTED WIND CHILLS. DEATH WILL ALSO OCCUR IF
  PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN WHEN BEING OUTSIDE.

* TEMPERATURES...LOWS 15 BELOW TO 20 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND
  MONDAY NIGHT. RECORD COLD HIGHS OF 10 BELOW TO 15 BELOW ZERO
  MONDAY.

* OTHER IMPACTS...STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH
  WILL CONTINUE TO RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING
  SNOW...WHICH WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND MAKE SOME ROADS
  IMPASSIBLE...POSSIBLY RESULTING IN STRANDED MOTORISTS.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE WIND WILL COMBINE WITH VERY COLD
AIR TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT
IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE
NOT TAKEN. BRING PETS INDOORS.

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