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Record cold temp set this morning in Chicago; Jan. 4-5 winter storm snow totals

Map showing Arctic air over much of the Lower 48 this morning.
Map showing Arctic air over much of the Lower 48 this morning.

Chicago has set a new record with a low temperature of -16F this morning. This makes today (January 6) the coldest January 6 in history dating back to 1871. The last time Chicago recorded a temperature of -16 or less nearly 5 years ago on January 16, 2009 when it was -18.

Midway Airport, with a low of -15, broke it's record this morning. The old record was -12 set back in 1988.

Below is a list of the coldest wind chills observed over the area this morning:

-50 Steward

-47 Rochelle

-47 Aurora

-46 DuPage Airport

-46 Romeoville

-46 Rockford

-46 Valparaiso

-44 Lansing

-43 Kankakee

-42 O'Hare

-42 Joliet

-42 Pontiac

-41 Midway Airport

The record cold arimass came on the heels of a powerful winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow over parts of the Chicago area. The winter storm dumped 11.7 inches of snow at Chicago O'Hare making this the largest snowfall event at O'Hare since the Groundhog Day Blizzard in 2011. Below is a list of snow totals over the area from January 4-5:

14.6" Park Forest

13.5" Homer Glen

13.2" Lincolnwood

12.6" Harwood Heights

11.7" Chicago O'Hare

11.1" Crete

11.0" Elmhurst

10.3" Plainfield

10.0" Chatsworth

9.6" Oak Brook

9.6" Midway Airport

9.0" Winfield

8.5" Peotone

8.0" Orland Hills

7.9" Aurora

7.5" New Lenox

7.0" Bolingbrook

The complete list of storm totals can be found here.

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