The big news in Chicago as in much of the rest of the country is the weather:
Lots of freezing pipes, long underwear and cars that refuse to start.
These things are expected to arrive Monday along with a cold front that could bring the most frigid weather Chicagoans have ever experienced.
The record of minus 27 was set Jan. 20, 1985.
Monday’s high will be 6 below zero, according to the National Weather service. The low, expected to arrive in the evening, is predicted to reach minus 20, the weather service said.
“Breaking the record is not impossible,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Gino Izzi.
“And wind chills are just going to be ungodly,” said Izzo, who noted that intermittent gusts up to 30 mph will hit the Chicago area Friday night and stick around for several days, bringing windchills of approaching minus 50.
I’m not sure how I’d make the decision on whether to open the Chicago Public Schools on Monday or not. I lean towards opening them. For a lot of the kids who attend they’ll be safer and more protected in school than if they stayed home. And better fed. For many kids the meals they get at school are the only decent meals they get.
On a side note, how I long for the days of the four Ws! Give us the news, guys. We don’t need a point-of-view.