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Frigid wind chill, bitter cold for Chicago on Thursday

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The snowstorm that moved into the area mid-week left seven inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon, causing dozens of spinouts and crashes and more than 550 canceled flights. Another plunge into subzero wind chills is forecast for Thursday.

Some scattered flurries are expected overnight into Thursday morning following the seven inches of snowfall at both O'Hare and Midway airports, according to the National Weather Service.

But snow won't be the issue Thursday — it will be the dangerously low wind chills.

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A hazardous weather outlook warns some areas — Fox Valley in particular — could see wind chills of 25 degrees below zero overnight. A wind chill warning is in effect from midnight until 10 a.m. Thursday for McHenry, Kane and Kendall counties, the weather service said.

In Chicago, wind chills could dip as low as 13 degrees below zero during the day Thursday and 19 below zero at night, the weather service said. The high temperature will be near 10 degrees, while the low will drop to 2 below zero.

Low wind chills will persist through Friday, with a low of minus 16 degrees, the weather service said. Temperatures will be as high as 15 degrees, with a low of 4 degrees.

There's a 40 percent chance Chicago will see snow again Saturday night, according to the weather service. But the frigid temperatures will slightly ease up, with a high near 20 degrees and a low around 11 degrees.

No snow is expected Sunday, when the high will be near 18 degrees and the low at 2 degrees.

Illinois State Police are asking drivers involved in non-injury crashes to exchange insurance information and report the crash to police within ten days.

Officials are urging motorists to take caution on the roads, reduce speeds and allow for extra travel time.

The latest round of snow and cold follows a brutal January that ranked as Chicago's 3rd snowiest and 10th coldest on record, the weather service said. Residents suffered through 33.7 inches of snow and a frigid average temperature of 15.7 degrees -— more than 8 degrees below normal.

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