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Chicago Winter Storm Warning Issued Ahead Of Dangerously Bitter, Near-Record Cold

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Hope you're not tired of snow, Chicago -- because it looks like we're about to get more of it.

Most of the Chicago area is under a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service through 6 p.m. Sunday, thanks to a storm system that could bring freezing drizzle followed by between six and 10 inches of snow between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night, ABC Chicago reports.

And then, on Sunday night, "the bottom falls out," National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lenning told the Chicago Sun-Times. Temperatures are expected to dip as low as -20 degrees with high winds making for wind chills as low as 45 degrees below zero Sunday evening.

With the National Weather Service forecasting a high of -8 degrees forecast for Monday and 1 degree on Tuesday, the temperature could remain below zero for at least two straight days, marking the first time that has happened since February 1996, according to the Chicago Tribune.

(Locate a warming center in the Chicago area here or by calling 311.)

Despite the dangerous cold, which is prompting many Midwestern school districts to call off classes next week, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday their schools will remain open Monday and Tuesday but that if parents keep their children home, their absence will be excused, NBC Chicago reports.

The district is also reportedly working with building engineers to ensure school buildings are warm for students' Monday return to classes after the winter break.

Meanwhile, the stormy forecast means more bad news for Chicago's airports.

More than 180 flights have already been canceled at O'Hare, according to DNAinfo Chicago, and Midway Airport is still struggling to recover from what ABC Chicago dubbed an "operational meltdown" that began overnight Thursday when many incoming Southwest flights left passengers stuck on the tarmac for more than three hours.

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