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If it seems like January is relentlessly gray, you’re not imagining it. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

With 24 days of partly cloudy or straight up cloudy skies, January’s pretty bleak. Unfortunately, it takes a blast of cold northern air to get the sun to come out and play. 

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Cold and snow blasted Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect for the Chicago region from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 through Saturday morning. (WTTW News)

On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported two new cold-related deaths in the county, including those of a 47-year-old man and a 71-year old woman. 

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A big rock sits amid the rubble of the low wall it destroyed when it rolled down from a nearby cliff during a magnitude 5.9 earthquake in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Carlos Giusti)

For the past several weeks, Puerto Rico has seen more than two dozen high-magnitude earthquakes. One Chicago-based group has teamed up with people on the island to provide funding for resources, doctors and mental health aid.

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This file photo shows a City of Chicago seal on the side of a salt truck. (t3xt (talk) / Wikimedia Commons)

Two Chicago Park District workers escaped without serious injury after the salt truck they were navigating along an icy lakefront bike path slid into Lake Michigan on Wednesday morning.

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In this May 10, 2019 photo, Brett Adams gestures as he stands where the road to his flooded farm disappears under flood waters, with the farm buildings seen in the background, in Peru, Neb. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik)

This year’s devastating losses are forcing tough decisions about the future of farming in America’s flood plains, even among those skeptical of climate change and humans’ role in it.

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Winter in Chicago, 2013 (David Wilson / Wikimedia Commons)

As winter weather arrives, Chicagoans can seek refuge from the cold at 113 public buildings designated as warming centers. 

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(Maggie Not Margaret / Flickr)

The city’s annual winter overnight parking ban goes into effect early Sunday and continues through April 1, 2020. Here’s what you need to know.

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In this Nov. 21, 2018, file photo, travelers wait in long lines to pass through a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, File)

A storm dumping heavy snow buried highways in Colorado and Wyoming Tuesday. Blizzard and wintry weather warnings extended into the Great Lakes states with the storm expected to bring high winds and snow to Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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(TonyTheTiger / Wikimedia Commons)

Chicago Public Schools said heating issues at the school had been fixed Tuesday. But on Wednesday the district said several classrooms were suffering from insufficient heat circulation as temperatures across the city remained below freezing.

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Kenwood Academy High School (TonyTheTiger / Wikimedia Commons)

A broken heater inside a South Side high school left students in classrooms without normal heat circulation on a day with record cold temperatures.

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A woman clears off a Divvy bike as a winter weather advisory is issued for the Chicago area on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Chicago. (Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

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Cold and snow blasted Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (WTTW News)

While it’s still technically fall for another six weeks, you wouldn’t know it by looking outside. WGN meteorologist Demetrius Ivory tells us what’s ahead.

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Reflections of a snowy city are seen in the 110-ton stainless steel Anish Kapoor sculpture called “Cloud Gate” at Millennium Park in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Air from Siberia — yes, Siberia — is heading toward a huge chunk of the United States and it could set record-low temperatures from Texas to New England.

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(Jason Mrachina / Flickr)

Cracked bridges, eroding and disappearing beaches and massive flooding are taking a toll on Lake Shore Drive. We hear some ideas from aldermen about shoring up the lakefront.

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Illinois National Guard soldiers move sandbags through flood waters at East Cape Girardeau, Illinois, on June 12, 2019, as they construct a sandbag levee to control flooding in the community. (Barbara Wilson / Illinois National Guard)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking the federal government to reconsider its decision to deny monetary aid to residents and businesses affected by near-record levels of flooding that hit Illinois this spring.

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(Courtesy of Victor Gensini)

Earlier this year, for the first time ever a small team of scientists was able to forecast a severe tornado outbreak almost one month in advance. We speak with Victor Gensini, a key member of that team.