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Braving the cold as she waits for the Metra train is Karen Loiacono of Arlington Heights who says she is glad she just bought her new hat even though people were making fun of it.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Viral Brahmbhatt of St. Charles clears the snow and ice off his car at the West Chicago train station after finding out via email that he could work from home today due to the record breaking extreme cold weather that has hit Chicago suburbs. That was a good thing for Brahmbhatt since his train was canceled due to the extreme cold.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

An outbound Metra gets lost in the blowing snow as man walks to the Arlington Heights train station in the subfreezing temperatures on Monday morning.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Jim Beifuss of West Chicago hustles to the West Chicago train station only to find out his 8:25 a.m. train was canceled due to the extreme cold.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Blowing snow stings the faces of Matt Kugler, 19, of Arlington Heights and Chimatsu Tsuji, 20, of Wisconsin as they depart from a inbound Metra train at the Arlington train station.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

David Escobar braves the cold clearing snow off the fire hydrants at the Aspen Ridge Apartments in West Chicago. The West Chicago fire department had ordered that all the fire hydrant be cleared of snow and ice today.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Many Metra trains were canceled or delayed on Monday due to the below zero temperatures. No commuters were waiting outside for the next train in Geneva that was headed to Chicago.

Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

Mark Streich of St. Charles waited inside a cold waiting area for the next Metra train to Chicago from Geneva. His train was delayed by at least an hour. He was heading to Chicago for an internship interview.

Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

At 7:45 a m., the temperature had dipped to -14 degrees in Geneva on Monday morning. The windchill was reported to be -40 degrees.

Jeff Knox | Staff Photographer

High winds blow snow across Valley View Road west of Island Lake impairing drivers' visibility Monday morning.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Karen Morgan of Arlington Heights braves the cold with fogged glasses and scarf at the Arlington Heights train station.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Traffic on Route 53 was slow going with the cold temperatures keeping most people home.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Cold commuters wait outside the Barrington Metra Station in -15 degree temperatures, waiting for the next train into Chicago Monday morning.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Geese huddle together on the frozen Fox River in East Dundee during Monday's freezing temperatures.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Glen Ludwig works with "The Crew"shoveling the sidewalks at St. John's Lutheran Church and school during Monday's freezing temperatures. "Even though there is no school today, we keep it clean," he said. He and "The Crew" are trustees at the church at Division and Spring Streets in Elgin.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Mundelein resident Sandy Groves bundles up as she walks her Sheltie, Mandy, during the brutal cold on Monday that blew in overnight. Temperatures stayed below zero throughout the day making it the coldest day in nearly twenty years.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Eight-year-old Martin Palacios helps his dad, Jose, jump start their car during the brutal cold on Monday that blew in overnight. "It's not good. I had to come home from work to help my wife jump start her car," said Jose Palacios. Temperatures stayed below zero throughout the day making it the coldest day in nearly twenty years.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

A fire hydrant is covered in snow along Huntington Drive in Mundelein during the brutal cold on Monday that blew in overnight. Temperatures stayed below zero throughout the day making it the coldest day in nearly twenty years.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Roberto Tiro works on getting his car started by trying to jump it with a work truck, at the Aspen Ridge Apartments in West Chicago. Tyro was having difficulty getting the car started even using some starter fluid and jumper cables.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

A brave pedestrian crosses Washington Street in downtown Naperville with temperature reading of -14 degrees around 10 a.m.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

West Chicago train station parking lot is not even close to being full as normal as many commuters stay home from work due to the record breaking extreme cold weather that has hit Chicago suburbs.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Jorge Donatlan, right, and Pedro Castillo work to clear the sidewalks in downtown Geneva as temperatures dropped to 15 degrees below zero around 11 am Monday morning. They work for Tovar Snow Professionals and had been working since 9pm Sunday night. "You've got to get it while it's there," Donatlan said. He said they work for about an hour then go inside for 20 minutes to warrm up. "The company gives us coffee and hot chocolate and donuts to help us get warm," he said.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Jeanie Plomin and her dog Ashley brave the sub-freezing temperatures for a bathroom break at her home in Mt. Prospect. She says that she brings Ashley out sparingly. "I stay in as much as possible" was her bottom line.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Ethan Koch,19, of Mt. Prospect takes in a run saying "its not that bad with enough layers on" "I am good to go." as he winds his way up and down the streets.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 1/6/2014 2:48 PM

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With temperatures hitting -18 degrees and windchills going down to -40 degrees, most of our suburban schools were closed and people were advised to stay indoors since travel on the area roads was dangerous.
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