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Bone-chilling cold continues, more than 600 flights canceled

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The frigid temperatures continue Tuesday. But dry conditions, sunny skies and lessened wind signal a "very improved day" over Monday, NWS Meteorologist David Beachler said.

It was minus-11 at O'Hare International Airport at 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to break zero today, with a high of 4 or 5 degrees, the weather service said.

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The bitter conditions caused airlines to proactively cancel more than 520 flights at O'Hare International Airport, where most other flights were delayed at least 15 minutes, according to the city's Department of Aviation. At least 105 flights were canceled at Midway Airport.

The arctic blast caused Chicago Public Schools to cancel classes for the second day in a row, marking the district's fourth weather-related cancellation this month, a statement from CPS said.

This is Chicago's 13th coldest winter on record, meteorologist Bill Nelson said.

Metra's North Central Service was halted until further notice due to a freight train derailment early Tuesday. Rock Island District and BNSF trains were running about 15 minutes behind schedule as of 9:30 a.m., a service alert said.

CTA trains and buses were on schedule, according to the transit agency's website.

The following Chicago Hub Amtrak trains for Tuesday have been canceled because of the weather conditions:

• Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 306 and 307.

• Hiawatha Service Trains 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 and 340

• Wolverine Service Trains 350 and 355

• Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg Trains 380 and 381

• Saluki and Illini Trains 390 and 391

The bitter cold will begin to let up Wednesday, with highs possibly reaching 20 degrees. Temperatures near 30 degrees may appear by Thursday, according to Beachler.

And Chicagoans may have some time to thaw from the deep freeze; he says there "doesn't appear to be any substantial arctic outbreak" expected — at least, not for the next week.

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