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6 | February 15, 2018 | The orland park prairie News Weathering the Storm Extreme cold gives way to normal temperatures Mark T. Carroll Contributing Columnist Late December- January weather in review The beginning of January started the same way December ended: very cold. The Christmas Day to New Year Day seven-day period was the second coldest Dec.25-Jan. 1 on record for the Chicago area. The high temperature Jan. 1 was 1 degree, which was the coldest maximum temperature for that date. he temperature remained below 20 degrees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 which tied the record of 12 consecutive days below 20 degrees. The normal number of days with below-zero temperatures for winter is seven. By Jan. 6, there had been eight days with below-zero temperatures this winter. High winds from Dec. 31 through Jan. 2 produced wind chills of -25 to -40 degrees. A brief warmup occurred on Jan. 10 and 11, with the high temperature of 59 degrees on the Jan. 11, which was 2 degrees below the record of 61 for that date. January had a total of five days with the high temperature reaching at least 50 degrees. Roller coaster temperatures through the month created an average temperature for the month that was 0.8 degrees above normal. Below normal snowfall for the winter season continued through January. Through the end of January, snowfall is half of normal for the winter season. A light freezing drizzle and rain event began during the afternoon of Jan. 7 and continued until changing to light snow with generally less than a half-nch of snow accumulation. Because of the extreme cold in the two weeks prior to Jan. 7, the pavement was very cold, causing the rain and drizzle to freeze on contact, producing slick roads. A freezing drizzle event Jan. 24 produced hazardous driving conditions. During the early morning hours, a truck collided with a car near 175th Street and La- Grange Road in Tinley Park, killing the driver of the car. Numerous cars were also involved in an accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80, near Harlem Avenue. The most significant snowfall of January began around 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 and continued until the morning Jan. 16. The following are local snowfall reports from the Jan. 14-16. • New Lenox: 4.7 inches • Lockport 3.9 inches February and beyond The forecast from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction called for below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation, which suggests above-normal snowfall for February (the normal snowfall for the month of February is 9 inches). NCEP also is predicting continued below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation through April. Mark T. Carroll is the president of CALM Weather LLC, a meteorological consulting service based in Oak Forest. 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