Arctic air and temperatures are forecast to take over the area beginning tonight and run through the middle of next week.

The National Weather Service/Chicago said this will be the coldest weather since late January 2019.

There will be several days with lows near or below zero and wind chills at times well below zero. Fast-moving disturbances could also bring periods of fluffy snow at times and light to moderate accumulations Saturday afternoon through Monday night. Forecasters say to plan for a long duration of much colder weather than we’ve grown accustomed to this winter.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at and 815-937-3366.

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