1st snowfall of season, record cold temps hit Chicago area

CHICAGO -- Bundle up the kids as they leave for school!

Friday will seem just like late December – we’ll start off the day with early morning temperatures in the teens and single-digit wind chills -- making it the coldest morning in nearly eight months.

The artic chill brings the season's first lake-effect snow showers across the Chicago area. Accumulations of 1+ inch could occur under heavier snow showers.

The mercury hit 18-degrees at Chicago’s official O’Hare observation site this morning – tying the record low for November 10 set back in 1986. The 14-degree low at Rockford set a new low temperature for this date at that location – the old record was 15-degrees established in 1973. The low temperature of 20-degrees at Midway Airport fell short of the existing record of 17-degrees at that site set back in 1933. At 7 a.m. CST wind chills area-wide are in the single digits.

As the day goes on, winds will gradually shift from the northeast to the east and then southeast, and snow showers will gradually maneuver back to the west over the city and along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline. Snow will probably not reach far inland so that locations away from the city will likely see just partly cloudy skies.

High temperatures will struggle to reach into the 30s making this the coldest day since the middle of last March. The cold will moderate somewhat with southerly winds boosting temperatures close to the 40 degree mark Saturday. Rain looks to return Sunday.