BLOOMINGTON — This won't come as a surprise: Central Illinois is under another wind chill advisory until noon Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory for all of Illinois north of an east-west line through St. Louis. Wind chill factors from minus 15 to minus 25 are expected in Central Illinois before it expires, but the arctic cold won't end with it.
It was minus 5 degrees at 8 a.m. in Bloomington-Normal.
"Bitterly cold air will linger through the end of the work week," the weather service bulletin said. "Wind chills will drop to 10 below zero or lower Thursday night into Friday morning."
Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin in such conditions, noted the weather service.
Thursday and Friday are expected to have highs around 6 to 7 degrees and lows around minus 8 to minus 9. Saturday should warm to a high around 13 and a low of around 11.
Sunday should be considerably warmer — a high of 34 and a low of 28 are expected — but a wintry mix of precipitation is in the forecast. Snow is likely from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, followed by a mix of rain and snow from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. Monday.
The bitter cold Wednesday caused some cancellations in the area, including classes and activities at Fairbury-based Prairie Central schools, which also are cancelled for Thursday. Also, Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner postponed his Chief's Focus Meeting until March 7; the meeting had been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at BPD.
In Peoria, Coroner Jamie Harwood said Wednesday that an 86-year-old Peoria woman died over the weekend from cold exposure. Like other officials, he is urging residents to protect themselves from the cold and to check on elderly neighbors.