Skilling: 50+ mph winds, potential flooding expected tonight
It’s been a crazy weather day for the Chicago area, and the wild ride is not over yet.
Currently, dense fog is enveloping the Metro area as a warm front approaches from the south. Temperatures, currently in the middle and upper 30s will rise to around 50 by late Thursday afternoon as the warm front approaches and visibilities improve.
By evening, a strong cold front will pass bringing in extremely strong south to southwest winds that will gust as high as 50 mph, sending the mercury on a downward spiral. Vigorous showers and thunderstorms will develop on the cold front and could be accompanied by small hail, brief downpours in addition to the strong and gusty winds.
On top of all of the above, all the rain combined with the melting snow and ice has increased the threat of flooding throughout the area. Standing water is everywhere and will freeze tonight as temperatures once again drop below freezing.