In stark contrast to last March when Chicagoans were basking in a record-breaking string of unseasonably warm 80-degree days, this March is delivering a pronounced chill.
Despite the start of astronomical spring Wednesday, high temperatures in the upcoming week are projected to remain in the 30s at a time of the year when the normal highs are approaching 50 degrees. A weather disturbance is expected to bring a mix of rain and snow to the Chicago area by late Sunday night which should transition to snow as colder air arrives Monday. While most areas should see little more than a dusting, as much as an inch or two could accumulate well north of the city close to the Wisconsin state line.
With the exception of a few passing flurries, the rest of the week promises to be dry, although another weather system slated to pass well to the south of Chicago could brush central Illinois with the north edge of its snow band on Friday.