Sunday morning wind chills are predicted to be between minus-20 and minus-40 in the entirety of the Dakotas and Minnesota. The National Weather Service has issued windchill warnings, cautioning that “the dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin.”
The cold will reach Chicago on Sunday, when high the temperature is forecast to be only 2 degrees, “likely the coldest day of 2016″ according to the Weather Service. Wind chills late Sunday could near minus-30.
The game between the Bears and Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on Sunday afternoon (kickoff at 1 p.m. Eastern) could be the coldest game in Chicago history.
On Monday morning, Chicago’s low is expected to be around minus-13, very close to the record low for the date of minus-14 from 1983.
The core of the cold will curl back into Canada on Monday rather than plow toward the East Coast like the first blast. Just the tail of this second cold pool will skirt the East, and it will be noticeably less intense than the first wave.
The first wave brought record cold to several locations in the East on Friday morning:
- Syracuse, N.Y., broke a 99-year record, plunging to minus-2 Friday morning.
- Dulles Airport, outside Washington, D.C., hit 9 degrees, a degree below the record of 10 from 1989.
- Norfolk, Conn., tied a record low of minus-2
While not a record, Boston’s low of 4 degrees Friday was the lowest December temperature in the city since 1989, Weather.com reported.