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Bitter cold will remain through Tuesday night

<p>A commuter braves the cold Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. Temperatures were in the teens all day and expected to reach zero by midnight. | Michael R. Schmidt-For Sun-Times Media</p>

A commuter braves the cold Wednesday afternoon in Chicago. Temperatures were in the teens all day and expected to reach zero by midnight. | Michael R. Schmidt-For Sun-Times Media

Sub-zero wind chills are expected in the Chicago area through Tuesday night, until temperatures are are likely to climb out of the single digits and make way for up more than an inch of snow on Christmas Day.

Tuesday’s high temperature is expected to reach 17 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, but wind chills are expected to drop as low as -12.

Forecasts call for a 90 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday, with up to one inch falling shortly after midnight, with the temperature potentially reach 20 degrees by 4 a.m., according to weather service forecasts.

Wednesday night’s low is expected to be about 17 degrees, with the rest of the week’s high and low temperatures staying below freezing but above zero, according to the weather service.

 

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