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Chicago Winter: Wind Chill Advisory Issued, Bitter Cold Returns

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A window washer at the Dirksen Federal Building is silhouetted against the background of Alexander Calder's sculpture Falmingo Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
A window washer at the Dirksen Federal Building is silhouetted against the background of Alexander Calder's sculpture Falmingo Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Chicago's bizarrely -- and historically -- mild winter took a turn for the bitter over the weekend as the coldest temperatures of the season to date arrived in the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for all of Cook County and a number of its surrounding counties that goes into effect at 6 p.m. Monday and will continue through 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The frigid temperatures are the coldest the city has experienced in two years, according to NBC Chicago.

Cold winds in the city exceeded 60 mph in some areas Saturday evening, according to ABC Chicago, and approached 50 mph in other spots throughout the city and low temperatures in the single digits Sunday evening were accompanied by wind chills as low as 20 degrees below zero. The wind chill Monday evening again reached as low as 20 degrees below zero.

Wind gusts on Monday morning continued to hit up to 30 mph, NBC Chicago reports, and the "arctic" blast is expected to remain in the area through Wednesday, when some warmth will return and highs between 20 and 25 are anticipated.

In spite of the cold weather, the blast is not expected to come with any measurable snowfall -- so the city's incredible snowless streak will likely continue. As a NWS meteorologist pointed out to the Tribune, Dallas, Texas has seen more snow than Chicago this season.

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