Chicago temperatures

If you are expecting a tax return by mail, you may have to pick up your check at a post office location in 11 states where the US Postal service has stopped delivering mail.

The US Postal Service has suspended mail deliveries in 11 states, including every city in Michigan and Ohio, citing safety concerns.

The USPS made the announcement late Tuesday. The suspension affects mail deliveries in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, and portions of Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

The northern and midwestern states are all affected by an arctic blast of freezing cold air with the lowest temperatures since 1985.

For eight brief minutes in Chicago on Wednesday, residents enjoyed a warm spell of -10 degrees. Then temperatures dipped to -23 degrees with a wind chill factor that felt like -52 degrees at O'Hare Airport on Wednesday. The record is -27 degrees in Chicago on Jan. 20, 1985.

Humans exposed to freezing cold air for longer than 10 minutes are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia sickness - even if dressed appropriately.

Hypothermia (body temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit) occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering, chills
  • Low breathing (less than 12 breaths per minute)
  • Drowsiness (feeling sleepy)
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Poor coordination
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech

Signs of severe hypothermia (body temperature below 82 degrees Fahrenheit) include:

  • Shivering stops
  • Extreme confusion, delirious (removing clothing in cold weather)
  • Altered mental status (talking gibberish)
  • Weak and/or irregular pulse
  • Slow and shallow breathing
  • Coma that can result in death

Stay indoors where it is warm if you live in these 11 states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

If your power is out, some police departments and firehouses are emergency warming stations where you can get in out of the cold.

Other warming stations include City Civic Centers, Parks and Recreation centers, and Public Libraries.

Contact your City Hall or visit your city website for more information.

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  • justlooking

    Who expecting a check? they just got to work on Monday...If they went back with no gas money.

    We waiting on the non footage of Jussie beating him self up.

  • justlooking

    Who expecting a check? they just got to work on Monday...If they went back with no gas money.

    We waiting on the non footage of Jussie beating him self up.

  • Chicagowise

    Yep, no mail delivery service today.

  • Chicagowise

    Yep, no mail delivery service today.

  • supastar

    good gawd its cold.

  • supastar

    good gawd its cold.

  • abby500

    See u need to get out my head regarding Jussie. I hope he isn’t lying. Chicago is gangsta NOT redneck noose maga ppl. So we’ll see. I was thinking he picked up a man and it went left

  • abby500

    See u need to get out my head regarding Jussie. I hope he isn’t lying. Chicago is gangsta NOT redneck noose maga ppl. So we’ll see. I was thinking he picked up a man and it went left

  • MsPam

    Thanks for information, I was confused about what happens when it’s this cold. I’m in Cali.

  • MsPam

    Thanks for information, I was confused about what happens when it’s this cold. I’m in Cali.

  • Yardgirl

    Folks in our Chicago office were told to work from home. This cold is no joke!!

  • PlayerP

    Praying everyone stays warm and safe.

  • Chicagowise

    I don't understand why the USPS service is still in business. All I get is junk mail. Everything is online.

  • Coy little wink

    I still mail my utility bills ? I like to buy cute stamps and write a few checks

    Plus package delivery they are closer than other services since right in my office building

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile now that's cold af!!!

  • Soda

    I like getting the grocery ads on Tuesday if the post office isn't lazy.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! I maybe only get 2 bills by mail anymore. But I still LUV seeing what's in the mailbox!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Nobody would get anything on time if I couldn't do it online.

  • Soda

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
    Good thing for them this was never their motto.

  • oshh16

    All I mail is my mortgage, the rest I pay by phone or e check, but I still get the bills in the mail.

  • oshh16

    All I mail is my mortgage, the rest I pay by phone or e check, but I still get the bills in the mail.

  • Ni Ni

    Me too lol

  • Ni Ni

    Me too lol

  • Chicagowise

    All of my bills are online. I used to be friends with an elderly woman who wrote me letters from time to time, but after she died, all I get is junk mail. People who really know me, call me, because I hate text messages.

  • Chicagowise

    All of my bills are online. I used to be friends with an elderly woman who wrote me letters from time to time, but after she died, all I get is junk mail. People who really know me, call me, because I hate text messages.

  • Renee26

    I'm working from home today due to the cold... Got on my Grinch onesee and feeling fine... Ion expect the mail to be delivered today and I'm ok with that....

    Nobody is getting tax refunds this early anyway

  • Renee26

    I'm working from home today due to the cold... Got on my Grinch onesee and feeling fine... Ion expect the mail to be delivered today and I'm ok with that....

    Nobody is getting tax refunds this early anyway

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    I need my bills in paper form...it's a reminder for me to pay em

  • Renee26

    I need my bills in paper form...it's a reminder for me to pay em

  • Renee26

    ? where's my belt?!

  • Renee26

    ? where's my belt?!

  • chaisun

    I only mail stuff through usps. I prefer using them. They’re pretty consistent with priority mail and it’s cheaper. I rarely get mail coming in though. ?????Like you it’s mostly junk mail unless it’s a package.

  • chaisun

    I only mail stuff through usps. I prefer using them. They’re pretty consistent with priority mail and it’s cheaper. I rarely get mail coming in though. ?????Like you it’s mostly junk mail unless it’s a package.

  • Parent

    Stay warm and cozy!

    I received my federal already. lol Love direct deposit!

  • Parent

    Stay warm and cozy!

    I received my federal already. lol Love direct deposit!

  • Truth Or Die

    Good call

  • Truth Or Die

    Good call

  • Lady_Elle

    I just looked it up... I thought it was their motto. I guess we have been pretty lucky.

  • Lady_Elle

    I just looked it up... I thought it was their motto. I guess we have been pretty lucky.

  • Yoni7

    I don't check my mailbox anyway. If it looks like a bill, it's considered junk mail and it does NOT cross the threshold of my home.

  • Yoni7

    I don't check my mailbox anyway. If it looks like a bill, it's considered junk mail and it does NOT cross the threshold of my home.

  • Lady_Elle

    Ummm... Is Amazon not delivering to these states?
    Asking for a friend.

  • Lady_Elle

    Ummm... Is Amazon not delivering to these states?
    Asking for a friend.

  • Chicagowise

    Hmm... maybe if I were an online shopper or received purchases via the mail, I'd have a different perspective. I actually miss the days when people wrote letters... love letters bathed in cologne. ?

  • Chicagowise

    Hmm... maybe if I were an online shopper or received purchases via the mail, I'd have a different perspective. I actually miss the days when people wrote letters... love letters bathed in cologne. ?

  • Chicagowise

    I used to be the same way. Now I set reminders via my cellphone and Outlook.

  • justlooking
  • justlooking

    Lmbo

  • Yoni7

    It's like needing to touch, feel and smell a real BOOK!

  • justlooking

    This...and it should be delivered to your BANK.

    Who is picking up their check after 12 and then going to corner store.

    Nevermind.

  • Yoni7

    love letters bathed in cologne
    _______________________
    Sounds real jail'ish.

  • justlooking

    Hollers

  • justlooking

    In still get Bill's cause the dumb MVA requires it. So antiquated.

  • jwoo250

    They wanted me to come to work today. I said I think not they closed 893 schools and businesses in my state Indiana. I work at a University they canceled classes for the students but wanted the faculty and employees to still come in.

    I damn near got frost bite last night bringing groceries in I was only out for 2 mins. The tip of my finger turned white had no blood in it and was numb. It took a good 5 minutes to get the circulation back in it. No thanks

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    You got me cracking UP ??

  • Renee26

    Lol yeah I need a paper copy of a book... No eReaders for me

    I pay my bills online but I have a bill basket that holds them. When Bae comes over I may point to it occasionally so he can handle whichever one(s) he chooses ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    They have NO PROBLEM dumping the rest of their route on the side of the road just to be home in time for dinner???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????

  • Renee26
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    THIS! THIS! And more of THIS???

  • Junkanoo

    Just saw 10 plus people frooze to death last nite in Chicago the lives of the poor and disenfranchised don't count in America its pure inhumanity . Why aren't more churches opening there doors for the homeless not just on cold frigid nites but every nite . Time to tax these churches there for profit not uplifting the poor and vunerable.

  • Chicagowise

    Wow! These temps are dangerous!

  • Renee26

    Ok ok... I thought the shut down affected filing

  • Renee26

    I ignore those ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    OooWeee!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Yoni7

    Shivering, chills
    Low breathing (less than 12 breaths per minute)
    Drowsiness (feeling sleepy)
    Mood changes
    Irritability
    Poor coordination
    Confusion
    Slurred speech
    ___________________
    This sounds like me when I get to work each day.

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Better stock up; stamps will be 55 cents

  • Kayke

    Amazon!

  • Chicagowise

    Some homeless people refuse to go indoors. There's a tent city near Roosevelt and Desplaines. There were 5 warning buses, but some of the tent city residents refused to get on the buses. Some people even paid for hotel rooms for the homeless.

  • Chicagowise

    Good point.

  • Yoni7

    I am a PROUD library card carrying member. Now if only I would read the books in a timely fashion as to not keep getting caught with library fees.

  • Chicagowise

    LOL! They don't mean anything to you, huh? ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I don't understand it but it happens all the time. One man said the shelter had bugs so he'd rather sleep in his tent.

  • Rere

    Ohio check-in it's -9???

  • Chicagowise

    Some of them have been beaten, robbed, and raped in shelters. Some of them are battling paranoia, which makes them distrustful of everyone.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Churches would ave to be located in areas with high populations of homeless. Even then there's no guarantee that the homeless will go to them.

  • Kayke

    If they don’t give them a voucher for their local ski shop to get prepared and up their vechicle technology. I’m pretty sure they knew mail delivery wasn’t seasonal when they signed up. Also, USPS has posed to be as capable as the FedEx and UPS for parcels, where many small business has given them the business ..... and Amazon. This isn’t just about bills and birthday cards.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You've just got to pray that they wake up every day and are safe.

  • Yoni7

    here

  • TriniHarlem

    Speak

  • Ladyshopper

    I have a balance of $11 for over due fees....LOL, won't pay until I reach that $25 mark and I can't check out any more books.

  • BingBangBoom

    Everybody and they Momma been calling me to give car jumps. Its currently -26 like where are yall trying to go? You could wait for your Target runs and just boil water for your Ramen... leave me alone

  • Chicagowise

    It's a hard life to live. Years ago, I read a book about the people living below New York City, in the sewer and subway system. The book is called The Mole People.

  • Yoni7

    Shivering, chills - THEY want to keep the air on year round! #cavedemons
    Low breathing (less than 12 breaths per minute) - DON'T want to breathe the same air - THEY stank!
    Drowsiness (feeling sleepy) - ALWAYS
    Mood changes - Not here for the sh!ts today or anyday.
    Irritability - See previous comment.
    Poor coordination - Goes without saying.
    Confusion - They love to keep drama going.
    Slurred speech - You gotta talk a lil slow for the slow co-workers to understand.

  • justlooking

    Yall send a rocket shot of ice cold skittles...when the other shoe drops. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cff958ee4700f0cc26c9b6223ffca75d755dd8396950d0638b9d0d58624c39fa.gif

  • dontgetblocked

    This is a good call. Stocked up over the weekend. Kept my butt at home today. No need to be exposed to such harsh weather.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile you may need to go in there with some sage ..... and lavender spray or something .... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51c6b3f7a6512ebaa1918af76267cbf3565dd650397e2957034187e652b8b8a3.gif

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Say it ... I hate checking da mail ..... I check mines probably every two months if that ..... my bills come by email https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c22bbb0726b55780d5b8daabf5e7ff036f5e7db69467497fbef25caabddf4b73.gif Unless I order something or a friend sends me something chile ..... cobwebs in my mail box

  • Yoni7

    I burn it in my home! #coveredinit

  • dontgetblocked

    Got it yesterday!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    mva?

  • justlooking

    5..4..3..2..1

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I feel ya ...... cause man .... been where you are ..... hang in there bew <3 much love to you

  • Yoni7

    Thank you.

  • RealATLPeach36

    There must be something going on under our noses because the distractions are REAL.....

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I wouldn't go further than next door. Sorry. Not sorry.

  • Sid

    I’m In Florida and it hit a low last week of 48 degrees which is very unusual. I am not used to that. I almost called out from work lol. What makes it worst is the winds. I cannot imagine what others that live up north is going through.

  • Yoni7

    My mailman/lady HATES me. They be CRAMMING that sh!t in my box. After awhile PP will grab it out because it looks tacky being that all we have to do is stick our hand out the door and grab it out the box. LOL Which reminds me, they left a "this needs to be signed for - come pick up from the post office" placard in our box. I honestly don't know how long it had been in there. They probably returned whatever it was back to sender. LMAOOOO

  • Yoni7

    Mine MIGHT be at 9. I won't pay it until I finish the book. LMAOOO

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They've got their own community and rules.
    It's sad to us, but many of them are their own form of happy.

  • justlooking

    Yes, if you update something. They ask for 3 unopened bills, Birth Certificate and social security card. Here in MD

  • TriniHarlem

    All of the above simply because I don't want to be here. No more explanations needed bout this plantation.

  • TriniHarlem

    All of the above simply because I don't want to be here. No more explanations needed bout this plantation.

  • Kimocha

    Yep it's -12 degrees where I'm at... and even tho I had my leather gloves with the mink fur inside on... It felt like I didn't have a damn thing on!... But one thing about my job is they don't give AF!... They never close... So I still had to bring my azz to work!... Smdh!

  • Kimocha

    Yep it's -12 degrees where I'm at... and even tho I had my leather gloves with the mink fur inside on... It felt like I didn't have a damn thing on!... But one thing about my job is they don't give AF!... They never close... So I still had to bring my azz to work!... Smdh!

  • Chicagowise

    That's true. There's more than one way to live this life.

  • Chicagowise

    That's true. There's more than one way to live this life.

  • Renee26

    It's so easy for me to ignore alerts on my phone and move on. I'm easily distracted. I do it with text messages too ?

  • Renee26

    It's so easy for me to ignore alerts on my phone and move on. I'm easily distracted. I do it with text messages too ?

  • Renee26

    That part!

  • Renee26

    That part!

  • SpiceGirl

    Goes and call BFF in Pa to see if she has the day off due to this crazy weather

  • SpiceGirl

    Goes and call BFF in Pa to see if she has the day off due to this crazy weather

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Do U work for the state prison? Some people have to show up or LaQueisha & nem gone be angry.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Do U work for the state prison? Some people have to show up or LaQueisha & nem gone be angry.

  • SpiceGirl

    You truly don't want to know...It is 1 degrees with a wind chill of -18 Brrrrrrrr
    My truck this morning was like.....*cough cough....wth Jack frost*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • SpiceGirl

    Mine either (never close) Hospital NEVER DO!

  • SpiceGirl

    Your lucky to be able to do so...stay warm

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I’m in Southeast Louisiana and I feel you! We can get to the 30s during bad winters. That’s too damn cold! We close school and everything behind a little sleet ? We’re too tropical ? for this chit ?

  • SpiceGirl

    Here

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Something ALWAYS going on ?

  • Trace da Ace

    Well glad that the mail in VA is still going....you would think not as windy as cold as it is here....wind blew me down the dang parking lot!!!

  • ?jessica?

    As they should. I'm sure the public will understand.

  • Kimocha

    Lmaoooo!... No I don't but I feel sorry for anybody that do!... I heard LaQueisha & nem don't play!... LOL!

  • ?jessica?

    Lol girl I know how that is ???

  • Logan Roberts

    I could've sworn their logo was through rain, sleet or snow ?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    God Bless them and may they stay safe.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    LOL!

  • Floriduhh Evans

    God Bless these folks...glad to be a FL girl at this time

  • Sid

    I know that’s right. The roads was empty nobody was going on 48 degrees lol

  • Floriduhh Evans

    I'm in Florida too and anything below 70 is cold to me

  • ClaireHuxtable
  • Kimocha

    Ewww!... That isht look nasty AF!... WTF IS that??

  • Parent

    lol you said what I was thinking! I cannot!

  • Rahab

    Nothing in that motto about Polar Virtex. ?

  • Junkanoo

    But not Sub-zero weather which is brutal.

  • Rahab

    Lol, my Floridians always reference Chicago when its cold in the morning. It will be above freezing on Saturday and the hibernation can end.

  • Rahab

    Those push start cars are no match for this air. I had to reach back to the 70s and pump the gas to get her to start Monday. Won't bother again until Friday or Saturday.

  • Rahab

    Front porch.

  • Junkanoo

    What 48 degrees is a balmy Fall day in my neck of the woods. Got down to - 27 last nite right now its -17 for the high today

  • onelove

    Sandra..Can't get the income tax check if your Frozen at the door!!!

  • onelove

    i guess not thru the Deep Freezer!!!! lol

  • SpiceGirl

    Wow....stay warm my friend and safe too

  • Vegas1989

    She is probably off just like my girlfriend in the DMV area...She stay off...if the wind is blowing to hard in D.C she goes to the house. They have so many paid admin leave it's crazy..But I ain't mad at her.....Love the area but not in the winter time

  • SpiceGirl

    Swear I wish I didn't have to come to work...but I work for a place that NEVER shuts down....EVER! A Hospital

  • Vegas1989

    I checked on my girlfriend in VA and she said it warmed up to 19 degrees....I told her the high here today is 70 and cloudy..But we are going to get rain for the next 5 days...I hope not...I don't want it to be raining on my BDay on Friday

  • Vegas1989

    Where I work, they encourage you to telework...And you best believe me I got a good schedule and telework agreement. I was going to work at the house if the system kept rebooting...LOL..I told the IT peeps that my Vios is faster than this system....LOL...They weren't happy with the comment but they agreed with me.

  • Vegas1989

    Keep running things at the Hospital...If they start talking crazy when the move us...I'm going to the Dr. to get a doctor note to work from the house until they fix the HVAC......LOL

  • Vegas1989

    It was too funny..People started saying that they phone was faster....LOL

  • Vegas1989

    This is me when I have to go to a dumb 2 hour meeting....SMH...I pay my co-workers food or cash to take notes and tell them that they are representing me.....LOL...peeps go overboard...And they ask me why I didn't make the meeting on Monday or Friday? You don't have training or meetings on these days.....That's why

  • Vegas1989

    Fresh Scent or Clean Lining Lysol.......LOL..All day everyday....I tell them don't be sneezing and coughing around me....The sneeze in a row you have to take sick leave...MY POLICY...GO HOME

  • SpiceGirl

    Lmbo....that was funny....ty for that.

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh if I could work from home......that would be GRRRRREAT! (even tho, I know a few folks that do work from home and they say, they are getting tired of not being around "Others")

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Amen ..... !!!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMBO nope ?????

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Sheeeet... I filed last week and mine hit my account yesterday. Got my refund in less than a week.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Sheeeet... I filed last week and mine hit my account yesterday. Got my refund in less than a week.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Not exactly sure...
    Looks like that same broccoli/sausage stuff Laura Govan fixed her kids.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/72c962fa9b926157d91c764f2ebcf0a90dcc0eca08181cc84d29c10c76bb19ae.jpg

  • Allihave2say

    They tried to drown the south with massive hurricanes.
    Now their freeze drying the folks up north.
    Remember when George Bush Sr talked about the "New World Order"?
    https://youtu.be/9FxM-dVcQnM

  • abby500

    Mental illness plays a big part too. And I don’t think they saw 10 dead ppl frozen. That would have made the news

  • Miss Thang

    Because not everyone is as privileged as you.

  • Miss Thang

    Lol