Last year, Chicago tied a 140-year-old record for the coldest February, a record dating back to 1875. This year, however, the city is set to rebound with one of the mildest February's in recent memory, according to AccuWeather predictions.
Should the month-long forecast hold, we will hardly even see the temperature drop into the 20s. As of this writing, the average temperature for the month according to AccuWeather's forecast is 36.2 degrees. Last year's February posted an average temperature of 14.6 degrees.
Chicago can generally expect weather in the mid to high 30s, with occasional jumps into the 40s. The only thing seasonal about the weather next month is an almost constant sheet of cloud cover. As March approaches, the clouds are expected to clear and the temperatures are slated to leap into the mid-40s.
If this forecast comes to pass, the teeth-chattering cold Chicago experienced last weekend will have been this winter's worst. The rest of January will likely also fall in line with AccuWeather's February predictions—a bit chilly, fairly cloudy and a bit of precipitation here and there.
Here's AccuWeather's full February forecast as of this writing.