LIVE BLOG: Chicago Weather: Tracking the Dangerous Deep Freeze

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30 January 2019 | 5:11 am

As Chicago area prepares for what could potentially be historic cold, the impending bitter blast has already closed schools and businesses, forced modified transit schedules, and prompted a disaster proclamation in the state. 

The forecast high temperature for Wednesday in Chicago is -15 degrees. Current forecasts predict wind chill values during the polar blast to dip between -40 and -60 degrees.

Here’s a look at live coverage as the cold weather descends on the area beginning Tuesday:

2 a.m.: The temperature at O’Hare Airport was recorded as -16 degrees, which breaks the old record of -15 degrees, and is still expected to fall. Current wind chills are between -37 and -47 across the area. 

Tracking the Deep Freeze

[CHI] Tracking the Deep Freeze

9 p.m.: Amtrak cancels all trains to and from Chicago for Wednesday, as well as short-distance services on Thursday. Long-distance services were also not expected to take place Thursday. Anyone planning to travel should check their train status on

6:45 p.m.: All Chicago Public Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday due to the impending winter weather, officials said.

5 p.m.: Navy Pier and several other locations, including Chicago’s Early Voting site, announce more closures ahead of the cold. 

4:45 p.m.: Temperatures are already starting to drop. Here’s a timeline tracking when it will likely feel the coldest in the Chicago area. 

4:30 p.m.: Early voting is canceled for Wednesday at Chicago’s Loop Super Site downtown, according to the city’s Board of Elections. The Board will continue to evaluate whether or not the site can open on Thursday or Friday. 

2 p.m.: Lou Malnati’s announces all Chicagoland locations will close by 9 p.m. and delivery orders must be placed by 8 p.m. The Ice Castles in Lake Geneva also announced plans to close. In addition, Cook County offices announced plans to close both Wednesday and Thursday. Latest list of closures here. 

How Soon Frostbite Can Happen in Dangerous Cold

[CHI] How Soon Frostbite Can Happen in Dangerous Cold

11:45 a.m.: Mayor Rahm Emanuel holds a press conference with city officials to update on cold weather preparations. Recap of what was said here. 

10:46 a.m.: The Art Institute of Chicago announces it will be closed Wednesday “due to the extreme temperatures and for the safety of our staff and visitors.” Full list of closures. 

10 a.m.: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued a disaster proclamation for the entire state as Chicago prepares to see the coldest day on record this week, mobilizing state resources to effectively respond to the hardest-hit areas.

8 a.m.: Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Chicago airports

6 a.m.: Dozens of Chicago-area schools have closed for Tuesday. Read more here.

4 a.m.:Wind Chill Advisory takes effect across Chicago area

Why Chicago Will Be So Cold This Week

[CHI] Why Chicago Will Be So Cold This Week

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