While a warming trend is on the way, we are experiencing temperatures more closely associated with our neighbors well to the north.  It’s due to what some meteorologists are calling a Polar Vortex.  The coldest temperature ever recorded in Illinois was a minus 36 degrees in Congerville in January of 1999. 

State Climatologist Jim Angel explains what is driving this current cold snap.

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Angel says these temperatures are comparable to those usually found in Alaska and Canada this time of year.

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