First day of spring brings winter-like temps to Chicago area

Spring officially started at 6:02 a.m., but the forecast is calling for more winter-like conditions through the weekend.

Wednesday will start with plenty of sunshine, with increasing clouds as we get later in the day.  Temperatures will struggle to warm up throughout the day with highs only expected in the mid-20s.

The afternoon temperatures are not only going to be around 25 degrees below average,  they’ll be around 60 degrees colder than the record 85 degrees, which is where we topped out a year ago today.

The growing cloud cover will lead to a chance for passing flurries or snow showers this evening.  After midnight we should see clouds decrease once again as we dip into the mid-teens overnight.

Thursday  is expected to bring mostly sunny skies, but highs only in the low 30s.  Slightly warmer temperatures are forecast heading into the weekend, but there is winter storm we’ll have to keep an eye on.

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