Every New Year’s Day has a special feel to it, but as 2018 dawns, the Chicago-area could see some history made.
According to the National Weather Service, the lowest-recorded high temperature on a New Year’s Day was five degrees above zero, which occurred in 1969. Chicago is only forecasted to reach seven degrees on Monday, making it a possibility that the city could set a new record.
Record/near record cold psbl 2018 in and . Listed are current records, last subzero temp at 12am 1/1.
— NWS Chicago ()
The NWS is also forecasting that the air temperature will be below zero when the clock strikes midnight and ushers in the New Year, and if that’s the case, it will be the first time since 1969 that the thermometer has dipped below zero when the New Year begins.
Chicago, along with the rest of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, will be under a Wind Chill Advisory as the city heads into the New Year, with the air feeling like it’s up to 25 degrees below zero through Tuesday afternoon.