The National Weather Service issued wind chill and freezing rain advisories this morning for the entire Chicago region, warning of potentially icy travel conditions and dangerous cold.
The freezing rain advisory, which is in effect until 2 p.m., states that areas of freezing drizzle will develop late this morning and end early this afternoon. The weather service predicts some ice accumulation and minor glazing. Drivers are told to be aware of slippery roads and urged to use caution.
The wind chill advisory goes into effect at 9 p.m. and continues until noon Monday. Temperatures could fall to as low as 13 degrees below zero, with wind chills 20 to 30 below. The advisory covers Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
According to the weather service, the conditions present the potential for frost bite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Anyone who must be outdoors should wear a hat and gloves.
It's just the onset of a frigid end to 2013 and beginning of 2014. Forecasters say the deep freeze will extend until at least Thursday night, with wind chills falling to 15 to 20 below most nights.
The weather service says there also are multiple chances for accumulating snow this week, most likely Monday night, Tuesday night and New Year's Day into Thursday.