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Brace yourself for more snow and a bitterly cold New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Zach Long
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Zach Long

With snow on the ground and a considerable nip in the air, it’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like winter in Chicago. The trend will continue through the end of the year, thanks to some additional snowfall this afternoon. WGN is predicting two to five inches of snow starting this afternoon and continuing through the evening, though the Weather Channel forecast claims the city will only get an additional inch of fresh powder.

One thing that everyone can agree on is that New Year’s Eve in Chicago is going to be a bitterly cold affair. According to CNN, temperatures across the U.S. will be 20 to 40 degrees colder than usual on New Year’s Eve as arctic air continues to make its way south. On Sunday evening, the National Weather Service is warning New Year’s Eve revelers of wind chills of 20 to 25 below zero, which could continue through Tuesday. You’re going to need all the winter essentials to survive this cold snap.

It’s probably a good thing that Chi-Town Rising isn’t happening this year—anyone standing outside after midnight on New Year’s Eve is liable to turn into an icicle.

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