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Bitter Cold Continues in Rockies, Midwest
Bitterly cold arctic air continued to funnel into the Rocky Mountains and Midwest on Tuesday, sending temperatures plummeting below zero throughout much of the region. A storm front creeping south since the weekend has driven down temperatures from Montana to the Midwest. With a brisk wind, it felt like 15 below zero Tuesday in Sioux Falls, S.D. _ where Wednesday's forecast high was a miserly 5 degrees.
In Chicago, temperatures Monday dipped to a low of 4 degrees, beating the old record of 6 degrees set in 1895, according to the National Weather Service.
In the Quad Cities of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa, and Moline and Rock Island, Ill., temperatures fell to a frigid minus 4 Monday. The previous record low of minus 2 was set in 1886.
"There's a couple inches of snow on the ground and every couple of days we seem to get a fresh coating and that seems to cool us off further," said Barbara Mayes, a weather service meteorologist in Davenport.
There was some relief in sight. This weekend, temperatures are expected to climb into the lower 30s.
"So, it's a slow, gradual warmup ... if you can call that warm," said weather service meteorologist Andrew Krein.