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Bitter cold for Chicago, some snow on the way for Illinois

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One of the coldest Chicago winters on record isn't showing any signs of a thaw.

The National Weather Service says Monday's high temperature will reach just 15 degrees. Because of the wind chill, it will feel like it is as cold as 20 degrees below zero.

The weather service also says the average temperature this winter has been 18.8 degrees - the third coldest winter on record behind the average temperature of 18.3 degrees in the winter of 1903-1904 and 18.4 degrees during the winter of 1978-1979. The agency averaged temperatures from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28.

Temperatures are expected to stay well below freezing most of the week and won't climb above 30 degrees until Saturday. There's a chance of light snow throughout the week.

Much of Illinois is expected to stay cold this week. In Rockford in Northern Illinois, the average temperature of 14.6 degrees has made this winter the third coldest on record. And the 11 degrees below zero reading that was recorded Monday morning set a record for the city.

Tuesday's high is expected to be 20 and Wednesday the temperature could climb to 24 with a chance of snow.

Sunday's high of 7 also set a record in Moline. On Tuesday and Wednesday the high is expected to climb into the 20s with a chance of light snow.

In Carbondale in Southern Illinois, Monday's high is expected to be 19 degrees.

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