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Illinois residents bracing for bitter cold temps

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 11:35 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – Illinois residents are digging out of more snow and preparing for bitterly cold temperatures.

The Morton Grove Fire Department is assigning an extra two to three firefighters for each shift over the next several days. Firefighter Joe Fasolo says the department will use a squad truck instead of a fire engine on calls because the fire truck's water could easily freeze.

Steve White of Mount Prospect was spending Sunday raking his roof in order to prevent icicles from forming.

Five to seven inches of snow fell overnight in the Chicago area. Central Illinois was expecting up to 10 inches on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Chicago will bottom out at around minus 15 overnight.

The last time it was that cold was Jan. 18, 2009.

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