Valentine's Day brings winter's first, although brief, dip below zero

  • Commuters get ready to board their train on a zero degree morning in Palatine Friday.

      Commuters get ready to board their train on a zero degree morning in Palatine Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine Park District maintenance worker Dan Kelly sprays water on the ice rink at Community Park Friday morning with the assistance of Pat Okonek. The 88-foot square rink has been open for stints earlier this winter, and for the past two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Okonek said. "It was a rough start, but we've actually been pretty lucky."

      Palatine Park District maintenance worker Dan Kelly sprays water on the ice rink at Community Park Friday morning with the assistance of Pat Okonek. The 88-foot square rink has been open for stints earlier this winter, and for the past two weeks, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, Okonek said. "It was a rough start, but we've actually been pretty lucky." Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • It was -2 Friday morning as some commuters in Elgin waited for their buses.

      It was -2 Friday morning as some commuters in Elgin waited for their buses. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald staff report
Updated 2/14/2020 11:52 AM

Temperatures dipped below zero early today for the first time this winter, making it the coldest Valentine's Day in 77 years, the National Weather Service said.

It was 2 below zero at 8 a.m. at O'Hare International Airport, 1 below at Midway and 7 below at local Weather Service headquarters in Romeoville, the Weather Service in Chicago noted on Twitter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A normal winter has eight below-zero days, the agency said, attributing this warm winter to few pronounced cold-air systems, lack of lasting snow cover and cloudy nights.

The sunshine and cold, following snowfall overnight Wednesday, was a bonus for some winter-sports enthusiasts. But it won't last long.

Temperatures are climbing into the teens today. Clouds and mid-30s return on Saturday, and Monday is forecast to be rainy and in the 40s.

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