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  • Next chance for snow later in the weekend

    If you’re a snow lover then you’ve been disappointed by the lack of snow so far this season. To date, only 5.5” has fallen officially at O’Hare vs. the normal to date of 13.6” and well below the 18.1” by this time last year. That places this snow season among the least snowy 14% of all snow seasons by January 12th dating back to 1884 when snow records began. Next Snow Chance Sunday Night While unlikely to erase the current […]

  • Two seasons in one day; Weather roller coast ahead

    CHICAGO — Fasten those seatbelts – we’re about to experience two seasons in one day Thursday. First,  a real taste of spring with readings soaring well into the 50s. A cold front will pass through the area early Thursday evening and bring a chance of rain, then the showers will mix with and change to snow before ending late. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. But temperatures will continue to tumble, dropping more than 30 degrees off Thursday highs […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect: 1-5 inches of snow on the way

    CHICAGO — A Winter Weather Advisory is now in effect for a large portion of Chicagoland until midnight Friday. Illinois counties include Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle and Will. Indiana counties include Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Newton and Porter. Winter Weather Advisory this afternoon through midnight. Details on @WGNMorningNews pic.twitter.com/F4RUeejpIg — Morgan Kolkmeyer (@MorganKolkmeyer) December 29, 2017 Lake & McHenry Counties: you are NOT in the winter weather advisory and you don't get in […]

  • From near record warmth to a cold reality check

      Monday’s unseasonably mild 65 degree high temperature was just one degree shy of the record set back in 1998. But these temperatures are about to become a distant memory as much colder as more typical December weather arrives. A strong cold front will pass late Monday evening ushering in much colder air. Readings Tuesday will hold steady in the middle to upper 30s before falling below freezing by nightfall. In addition to the winter-like temperatures, gusty west to northwest […]

  • Last warm weekend for awhile; Cold air blasts in next week

    Meteorological winter opens balmy A warm December weekend is ahead. If you have procrastinated in putting up the outdoor Christmas decorations there is good news! December’s opening weekend will be quite mild with afternoon high temperatures 15-20 degrees above normal under mostly sunny skies. The warmth spills over into Monday when highs could soar to near record levels in the middle 60s amid gusty southerly winds. But, the mild weather will come to an unceremonious end on Tuesday as a […]

  • Record-breaking warmth in Chicago on Black Friday

    CHICAGO — Friday dawned chilly with temperatures in the low 30s, but the day’s 100 percent sunshine and gusty southerly winds quickly pushed readings into the lower 60s, making this November 2017’s mildest temperature to date and the warmest Black Friday since records began in 1871. Cooler air arrives this weekend but highs are still expected to be above average,  topping out near 50 degrees under mostly sunny skies. High temperature at O'hare has reached 63° making this the warmest […]

  • Strong cold front delivers chilliest air of the season to date

    Chilly weather is no stranger to Chicagoans in November but the breed of cold Friday is a bit unusual for this early in  the season. The predicted low temperature of 20 degrees Friday morning is within striking distance of the 31 year old record for the date (18 degrees set in 1986). Temperatures will not rebound much during the afternoon, peaking in the low 30s, a reading 17 degrees below normal, and more typical of late December. The coldest “high […]

  • Thunderstorms possible this weekend

    Much of the area to see first thunderstorms in nearly seven weeks The weekend opens on a balmy note with temperatures in the 70s and near summer-like humidities. The warmth and humidity combined with an approaching cold front could set the stage for clusters of strong to possibly severe thunderstorms, especially Saturday evening. Chicago has not officially recorded a thunderstorm since August 28th. While rainfall is likely to be distributed unevenly, some areas could see totals more than 3” where […]

  • Unprecedented late season heat wave nearing an end

      Don’t put the record books away just yet.  A 7th  record may lie ahead on Tuesday.  The late season heat wave has fostered a range of new late season temp benchmarks! For instance, never have six consecutive 92-deg or higher temps occurred so late in the season. Monday’s  92 degree high is Chicago’s 6th consecutive day of record-breaking late season heat–the most on record so late in a warm season since records began in 1871.  And it’s produced a swarm […]

  • Cool open to meteorological autumn – but a warmup on the way

    It’s been a cool start to meteorological autumn in Chicago. Sub-normal temperatures have dominated thus far with 10 of the first 12 days recording temperature deficits. The month is averaging 63.4 degrees,  nearly 5 degrees below normal and the 9th coolest open to a September since weather records began here in 1871.   Reversal in the pattern Summerlike temps are set to stage a comeback,  reversing September’s cool  ways. Readings are likely to approach 80 degrees on Thursday, and surge […]