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Polar Vortex II: Dangerously frigid weather returns to Chicago

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Frigid temperatures arrived Monday morning in Chicago and will continue into Tuesday, causing more school closings and flight cancellations.

It was minus-1 at O'Hare International Airport as of noon, according to the National Weather Service. The low is expected to dip 15 degrees below zero later Monday and into Tuesday morning, the weather service said.

Forecasters predict temperatures will continue to plunge Tuesday, with a high of 4-below.

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A winter weather advisory expired early Monday morning, but a wind chill warning will run until 9 a.m. Wednesday. The subzero temperatures could last up to 60 hours, the wind chill advisory said.

The aortic blast caused Chicago Public Schools to cancel classes Monday, and again for Tuesday, marking the district's fourth weather-related cancellation this month, a statement from CPS said.

Leaders of Chicago's Catholic schools will make individual decisions on whether to open Tuesday based on their local conditions, the Archdiocese of Chicago said in a release.

This is Chicago's 13th coldest winter on record, meteorologist Bill Nelson said.

On top of cold temperatures, slick roadways and snowy sidewalks may put a kink into travel plans for many in the area. The National Weather Service warned motorists to be prepared for low visibility and drifts in open areas.

The following Chicago Hub Amtrak trains for Tuesday have been canceled because of the weather conditions:

• Lincoln Service Trains 300, 301, 306 and 307.

• Hiawatha Service Trains 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 and 340

• Wolverine Service Trains 350 and 355

• Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburn Trains 380 and 381

• Saluki and Illini Trains 390 and 391

O'Hare canceled more than 450 flights Monday, while at least 80 flights were cancelled at Midway, according to the city's Department of Aviation.

The deep freeze will begin to let up Wednesday, with highs possibly reaching 20 degrees.

The latest string of subzero temperatures has many Chicago residents looking toward warmer days.

"It's the stir-crazy element. I think everybody's just ready to be outside again," said Linda Nitchzke, 47, a jeweler in Lincoln Park.

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