Wednesday is the first day of spring, but winter isn’t giving up yet.
A surge of Canadian air is blasting across the Chicago area, bringing temps in the teens. It felt even colder Tuesday morning, thanks to gusty winds.
When spring arrives at 6:02 a.m. Wednesday, it’s likely that some areas around Chicago will be wincing from wind chills below zero.
And while temperatures will warm up as the week goes along, the Chicago Weather Center says one computer model indicates a potential major snow storm for Sunday and Monday. But, the National Weather Service has only light rain or snow for those days and says it is too early to say if the forecast will worsen.
Normal weather for this time of year is the upper 40s. Last year, we were in the middle of a heat wave that saw a record high of 85 on March 20 and another record of 87 on March 21.
WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling says nearly three-quarters of Chicago’s average snowfall of 37.1 inches comes down in December, January and February. But March is prone to some big storms, and Skilling notes that the month has been the season’s snowiest in 22 of the last 128 winters. April 1938, with 13.6 inches, was the snowiest month in Chicago’s 1937-38 season.
The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Weather Center contributed to this report.