Most people recognize Old Man Winter has been easy on Northern Illinois so far this year.
Some folks - especially teenagers at morning bus stops - are still running around in hoodies, shorts and T-shirts, not seeing the need to break out heavy winter coats and accessories.
That likely will change today, Sunday, Jan. 20.
Frigid temperatures moved in last night, accompanied by heavy winds and plummeting wind chill readings. Most of us will feel motivated to dig out the "puffy coats," hats, scarves and gloves as the next few days are expected to get even colder, according to Patch WeatherBug forecasts.
This morning, winds gusting up to 30 mph will decrease by afternoon to 10 to 14 mph, WeatherBugs says. Temperatures will top off between 14 to 18 degrees, and wind chills will make it feel much colder, according to WeatherBug. Some wind chills could drop to -15 degrees by nightfall.
For Monday, temps should dip even lower with a high projected of only 4 to 8 degrees. Wind chills will push those down -20. Overnight temperatures will drop as low as -7, with wind chills making it feel like -25 below, WeatherBug predicts.
The high for Tuesday is forcast at 8 degrees, and on Wednesday a slight warmup will bring us back to the upper teens, about 18 degrees, WeatherBug forecasts show.