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  • Wet, cool weekend ahead

      A wet pattern is establishing itself, one which will produce thundery downpours in waves through late Saturday night.  Weekend rainfall is likely to be in the 1” to 2.6” range across the Greater Chicago area.   It won’t rain continuously but the rains will hit in thundery clusters with a number of rain-free hours between them fueled by northbound tropical moisture through a 90-degree air mass in downstate Illinois on Saturday. Here are a couple of snapshots of the […]

  • First 80 degree day in sight!

      The weekend opens on a chilly note and there is even a potential for frost early Sunday morning for areas away from the lake.   But  warming gets underway by Sunday afternoon and summer-level temperatures remain in sight Monday through Wednesday next week. It will bring the area its first 80 degree temperatures since last October, nearly six months ago! Full forecast details at wgntv.com/weather

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for Wednesday – is it winter’s final blast?

    CHICAGO — Say it ain’t snow! Another round of wintry weather is on the way Wednesday. It’s hardly a huge storm but a chilly rain or a rain/snow mix will gradually shift to all snow by evening. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 a.m. Thursday in northern Illinois counties along and adjacent to Wisconsin. Illinois counties under the advisory are McHenry, Lake and Ogle. Wisconsin counties under the advisory are Kenosha, Walworth and […]

  • Rain, winds and… snow? Weekend shaping up to be pretty awful

    No way to sugar coat it, this weekend is going to be awful. It will start with rain and thunderstorms. Hail is also possible. Over an inch is expected in many places in the Chicago area. Make sure the sump pump is plugged in. T-storms with locally heavy downpours move in overnight. Stronger cells will produce hail. #ILwx pic.twitter.com/CsLnorzSYs — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) April 13, 2018 Then on Saturday, strong winds blow in cooler air. A Wind Advisory  has been issued […]

  • Winter-like weather will last the weekend; Snow possible

    Weekend to open with mid-winter wind chills Brisk northwest winds coupled with temperatures in the teens to near 20 degrees will create Saturday morning wind chills more typical of mid-winter than the third week of spring.   Cold weekend temps to spill over into next week Daytime high temperatures will provide little relief from the cold mornings.  Expect readings to remain 15+ degrees  below normal through Tuesday  before relief arrives.   Nearly unprecedented early April chill Not a single daytime […]

  • Late season winter storm to impact parts of the area

    CHICAGO — A winter storm warning and winter weather advisory are in effect late Friday night through Saturday afternoon and evening for areas south and west of Chicago. A swath of heavy, very wet snow is expected across southwest portions of the Chicago area beginning late Friday into Saturday. Grundy, La Salle and Kankakee counties are most susceptible to heavy snow. NO snow is expected for Chicago and most suburbs. The snowfall gradient will be very narrow. For example, in the […]

  • Winter Storm Watch issued for late Friday night, Saturday

    Say it ain’t snow! The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for late Friday night into Saturday. This does not include the immediate Chicago area. Snow will develop after midnight and continued into Saturday morning. The heaviest snow is expected west and south of Chicago, with the greatest impact locally on Grundy, Kendall, Kankakee, and LaSalle counties. There is a sharp cut-off to the storm’s path. If current projections prove correct, the immediate Chicago area will see […]

  • Narrow band of freezing rain moves off to the east – area rivers remain at bankfull or in flood

    The back edge of the rain moves off to the east early this Wednesday morning, including the narrow band of freezing rain/sleet which mainly affected elevated surfaces. The Urban and Small Stream Flood Warning will also end this morning. This will leave most area rivers at bankfull or in various stages of flood as the runoff from the 2 to 5-inch plus rainfall continues to maintain high levels the remainder of the week ahead. Stay informed as to individual river […]

  • Biggest snow in 3 years – and it’s not over yet

      We’ve seen the biggest snow in over three years – and it’s not over yet! WGN Weather is tracking two more chances of snow this weekend which will add to already impressive totals. 6 a.m. Sunday snapshot The stronger of the two weekend snow chances will arrive overnight Saturday night into Sunday.   Total weekend snowfall When adding the two additional bursts of snow coming this weekend, some places could see another half foot of snow.   Closing in […]

  • Dust off those snow shovels—active winter weather ahead 

      The Chicago area has been in somewhat of a snow drought with only 10” officially on the books so far this season through February 3rd.  A typical snow season would have about 21” of snow by now.     But, a far more active weather pattern over the coming week is likely to erase much, if not all, of that deficit. The first snow arrives later Saturday into Sunday with accumulations of 1-4” expected. At least three additional snows […]