The National Weather Service Chicago has issued a Wind Chill Advisory through noon Tuesday (Jan. 2, 2018).
What: Very cold wind chills expected. The cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 15 below to 30 below zero.
Where: Portions of northwest Indiana and north central and northeast Illinois. Including the cities of Rockford, Belvidere, Woodstock, Waukegan, DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Chicago, Oswego, Joliet, Gary, and Valparaiso
Preparedness Actions: A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frost bite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.
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