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POLAR VORTEX II: News regarding the temperature in county is all negative

This was sign times Lake County earlier this month. Similar numbers will be showing up bank marquee near you next

This was the sign of the times in Lake County earlier this month. Similar numbers will be showing up on a bank marquee near you in the next day or two. | SUN-TIMES MEDIA PHOTO

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These locations were listed as warming centers in the area earlier this month when the temperatures plunged into minus-numbers.

Illinois Department Of Human Services, 2000 N. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, (847) 336-5212. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lake Forest Oasis on the tollway between routes 60 and 176, Lake Forest.

Waukegan Public Library, 128 N. County St., Waukegan, (847) 623-2041. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.

Waukegan Township Park Place, 414 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, (847) 244-9242. Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 4;30 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This facility is designed for those age 55-over.

Waukegan Park District Belvidere Recreational Center, 412 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, (847) 360-4700. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Waukegan Park District Jack Benny Center in Bowen Park, Waukegan, (847) 360-4740. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Zion Police Department. (847) 872-8000.

Updated: February 28, 2014 6:25AM

And, here we go again.

Once more into the polar vortex for Lake County and the Chicago region, after about three inches of snow on Sunday morning set the stage for another surge of arctic weather for Lake County and the Chicago region.

Temperatures are expected to dive into sub-zero highs with wind chills as low as 40 degrees below zero at times from Sunday evening through Tuesday, prompting Metra to warn of potential train delays Monday morning and leaving the prospect of school questionable for thousands of students across Lake County.

A wind-chill advisory was scheduled to go into effect at 3 a.m. Monday and last through 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to meteorologist Amy Seeley with the National Weather Service.

Seeley said that Monday night will be the coldest period, when wind chills could dip to 40 degrees below zero.

“That will be the worst, it will probably reach about 40 below wind chill,” she said. “As usual, use common sense. If you don’t have to be out, don’t go out.”

Temperatures are expected to slowly climb back into the teens on Wednesday.

Most of Lake County saw an accumulation of about three inches of snow Sunday morning, Seeley said, with Waukegan receiving about two inches.

Hazardous travel is expected at times, with blowing snow contributing to visibility and icing problems. Lake County traffic engineers have noted that the ability of road salt to melt snow is compromised once temperatures descend into the teens and below.

Parents and students will want to check for school closings Monday and Tuesday. Some school districts in Deerfield, North Chicago, and Lake Bluff had already announced their Monday closures on Sunday. For a full list of school closings, visit

Residents may also want to prepare for another potential round of bursting pipes and other deep-freeze related problems.

The high Sunday was expected to reach 24 before sliding down to a low of minus-3, with wind chills as low as 30 degrees below zero Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The high Monday is expected to reach only minus-3 degrees, with wind chill Monday night as cold as 40 below.

Tuesday’s predicted high temperature is minus-2, dropping to 10 degrees below zero Tuesday night with continued dangerous wind chills.

Things look up a bit Wednesday with a high temperature of 15 expected, and the temperature Thursday is expected to reach 24.

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