The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for Evanston and the rest of Cook County for tonight.

A certain cat of our acquaintance decided that even this afternoon with the temperature at about 20 degrees, about 30 seconds was all the time he wanted to spend outdoors.

Tonight the thermometer is expected to drop below zero accompanied by gusty northwest winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour that will create wind chill values of 20 to 25 degrees below zero.

The weather service says that creates a risk of frost bite and hypothermia and that pets should be brought indoors, and people — if they must go out — should be sure to wear a hat and gloves as well as the rest of their winter-weather gear.

The city of Evanston has several public buildings that can be used as warming centers for people without heat during extreme cold weather, although the locations generally close in the late afternoon or early evening.

Here’s a list:

  • Chandler-Newberger Center at 1028 Central Street, open until 6 p.m.
  • Ecology Center at 2024 McCormick Blvd., open until 5 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center at 1655 Foster St., open until 7 p.m.
  • Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes St., open until 7 p.m.
  • Levy Senior Center at 300 Dodge Ave., open until 9 p.m.
  • Robert Crown Center at 1701 Main St., open until 8 p.m.

More information from the city about dealing with severe weather conditions is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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