The forecast for both Saturday and Easter Sunday is for highs in the low to middle 50s with a chance of light rain.
But the cold air isn’t behind us yet. A buckling jet stream from the northwest early next week will bring a cascade of cold air into the Midwest, returning below normal temperatures to the Chicago area.
It appears March 2013 will close without logging a single day in the 60s. That’s happened only 24 times since 1871. The latest it hit 70 here was May 7 in 1874. The city’s official observing site was downtown and much closer to the lake than the current site at O’Hare International Airport.
A dome of mild air aloft draped from northern Russia across the North Pole and into Greenland has been forcing colder than normal air into a good-sized part of the Lower 48 since February.