Now, get ready for an arctic blast of cold weather more typically felt in these parts in January.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Will County and much of the rest of northern Illinois. The advisory remains in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 5 a.m. Thursday.
Temperatures are expected fall into the single digits on Wednesday afternoon and blew zero on Wednesday night. The NWS says moderate northwest winds will result in wind chills of 10 to 20 below zero Wednesday afternoon, falling to 15 to 25 below zero on Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service suggests taking precaution: A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
"If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves," the NWS said in its advisory.
The city of Joliet's warming centers will be available to anyone who needs to find refuge from the cold. If you can't make your way to one, contact the Joliet police.
They are located at:
- Joliet Public Library, 3395 Black Road and 150 N. Ottawa St., 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.**
- Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive (off Plainfield Road), 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
- Daybreak, 611 E. Cass St., overnight.
- MorningStar Mission, 350 E. Washington St., overnight.
There's also a 70 percent chance of snow on Friday night and Saturday.
For the latest forecast, click here.