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Richard Chambers North Chicago braces against biting windchill Tuesday Jan. 23 2013 as he walks down Genesee Street Waukegan. |

Richard Chambers of North Chicago braces against the biting windchill on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2013 as he walks down Genesee Street in Waukegan. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 24, 2013 6:25AM



This week’s outbreak of the season’s coldest weather prompted officials at Public Action to Deliver Shelter Lake County to open an overflow site Tuesday to provide extra food and shelter for the homeless.

“We have seen a flush of people,” Sandy Stephens, PADS director of operations and services, said Tuesday “We are going to open at the Foss Park District as an overflow shelter (because) we do not have enough beds for everyone who’s coming to the two sites we normally run.”

The two PADS sites in operation Tuesday — Wildwood Presbyterian Church at 18630 W. Old Gages Lake Road and Wesley Free Methodist Church, 3601 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan — have a total of 79 beds, and Stephens said more than 85 clients were already expected late Tuesday afternoon. The Foss Park District, capable of hosting up to 45 clients, is located at 1730 N. Lewis.

Overnight low temperatures in Lake County plunged below zero for the first time in two years from Monday night into Tuesday, with the College of Lake County in Grayslake recording a low of minus-5 at 6:33 a.m. Other overnight lows reported by the National Weather Service included a minus-5 reading in Barrington and minus-7 in Mundelein.

Wind-chill readings were more harsh, coming in at minus-17 in Libertyville, minus-19 at Waukegan Regional Airport and minus-23 in Island Lake. The wind eased during the day on Tuesday but temperatures didn’t exactly soar, with CLC recording a high temperature of 9.9 degrees at 2:40 p.m.

After being expected to dip back down to the low-single digits overnight Tuesday, a modest rebound is forecast to begin today, Jan. 23, with highs in the low 20s. By Sunday and Monday, the weather service is forecasting temperatures in the 30s, and the area could be into the lows 40s by next Tuesday.



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