One huge spring storm—responsible for the powerful southerly winds Monday which sent temps soaring well into the 60s for the first time this year, is to be followed by another even wetter system the middle and end of this week.
The first system’s roaring front-side southerly winds produced a 68-degree peak reading here in Chicago–the highest temp which has occurred here in the 134 days since last Nov. 17.
It brought Sox fans an opening day which was 27-degrees warmer than its predecessor in 2013.
But, the story was quite a different one for residents of the northern Plains. There, on the cold side of Monday’s sprawling, windy system, blizzard conditions, including wind gusts topping 60 mph and local 12”+ accumulations, rendered travel all but impossible.
A second storm assembles over the Plains in the days to come. All indicators suggest this system will be wetter than to first. Its rains are likely to commence in Chicago Wednesday afternoon and continue Wednesday night. A suite of computer rainfall projections generates an average rainfall of 1.20 inches.