Dangerous Cold to Grip Chicago, Minneapolis Late This Week

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
February 28, 2014; 5:45 AM ET
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Arctic air will shift into the Midwest, bringing temperatures as much as 30 degrees below average into the weekend. Temperatures will fall low enough to challenge records late this week.

Some major cities, such as Minneapolis, were already experiencing very cold air on Tuesday, as the high only reached 6 F.

The core of the cold air will stay in the northern tier of the country, spanning cities such as Green Bay, Chicago, Fargo and Traverse City.

Temperatures are forecast to rebound a bit for Friday in Minneapolis after bottoming out on Thursday, only reaching 1 degree above zero. Highs will be limited to the single digits once again though the weekend. Overnight lows each night are forecast to be well below zero.

Average high temperatures for the end of February in Minneapolis are in the lower 30s, with average lows near 18 F.

Chicago will also endure colder air to end the week. Highs on Thursday were kept in the teens yet again with a low Thursday night within a few degrees of zero. Similar to Minneapolis, temperatures in Chicago are forecast to rebound a bit before the end of the week, reaching the low 20s on Friday.

Additionally, snow looks to return to The Windy City this weekend, just in time for the hockey game being held at Solider Field Saturday night.

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Cold of this caliber is dangerous, and residents are urged to bundle up and cover their skin. Being outside with exposed skin for only a short duration in this level of cold can lead to frostbite.

In addition to the cold, a more active weather pattern will set in to end the winter. AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski explained that the moist jet from the Pacific and Polar jet will bring more frequent storms with heavy precipitation.

The cold will continue to shift south and east into next week.

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