Frigid Midwest Cold Should Release its Grip Later This Week

  • Temperatures will rise closer to normal in Chicago by weekend
  • Single digits forecast across much of Midwest through Monday

The frigidly cold temperatures across the Midwest, including Chicago, should start to moderate as the week unfolds, said Bruce Sullivan, a meteorologist at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Single-digit highs are forecast across much of the region Monday, with Chicago set to reach 9 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 13 Celsius); Milwaukee 6; Minneapolis 1 and Cleveland 15, the National Weather Service said.

“It’s kind of transitory,” Sullivan said. “It should last through the midweek and warm up toward the weekend.”

Cold across the Midwest is watched by natural gas traders because the fuel is widely used there to heat homes and businesses. Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio account for 28 percent of residential gas use and 24 percent of commercial consumption, according to a 2014 U.S. Energy Information Administration report.

Wind chill advisories warning temperatures would feel well below zero stretched from Iowa to Pennsylvania, covering parts of all five big gas-consuming states, the weather service said.

In Chicago, by week’s end temperatures will be slightly above normal, or around 30 for a high, Sullivan said.

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center said there’s a high chance temperatures will be above normal across most of the U.S. by Jan. 23 to 27 and covering the 48 contiguous states by the end of the month.

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