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It Feels Like 50 Below Zero In Chiberia Today … But It Could Be 42 Degrees This Weekend

It's been the coldest Jan. 30 on record in Chicago, but there's an end to the cold snap in sight.

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LOGAN SQUARE — A dangerous cold that can cause frostbite in minutes or even kill has settled on Chicago — but there’s an end in sight.

In fact, temperatures in Chicago could spike 64 degrees by Sunday, with temperatures reaching as high as 42 degrees.

The city felt as cold as 50 below zero early Wednesday, the first morning of a days-long bout of bitter cold. The day is expected to only get as warm as 14 degrees below zero, and it has already broken a record for being the coldest recorded Jan. 30, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday is also expected to break a record for having the chilliest high temperature ever recorded in Chicago.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning that’s in effect until noon Thursday. It warned the area could get wind chills as low as 60 below zero on Wednesday morning.

“The dangerously cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin it as little as five minutes,” according to the warning, which also warned that hypothermia and death are possible in this chilly weather.

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Below-zero temperatures will stick around until about 3 p.m. Thursday, when the thermometer will finally kiss positive digits again, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service has repeatedly warned people to avoid going outside if possible and, if a person does have to go outside, to wear multiple layers of clothing and cover his or her face.

Chicago Public Schools canceled school on Wednesday and Thursday due to the dangerously low temperatures. A slew of businesses and government buildings have also been closed.

Another issue: The heavy snow that fell on the city earlier this week could get blown around by the wind on Wednesday, causing visibility problems and making traveling hazardous, according to the National Weather Service.

The good news? This weekend will be significantly warmer, with temperatures near 40 degrees expected on Saturday.