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Early season arctic blast to follow first measurable snowfall
Posted 10:04 PM, November 8, 2018, by
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Brutally cold arctic blast brings season’s first sub-0 low/single-digit high of season; even colder air hits next week– chilliest in 2+ decades; significant Sunday night/Monday snow threat being monitored
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Dangerous arctic blast includes first back-to-back -20° below nights in 3+ decades; current chill is Chicago’s 4th-coldest 3-day spell since 1900; 30+ mph gusts producing drifting/hazardous travel on roads outside city; a 69° temp rebound to the 40s with rain by Sunday
Bitter late season arctic outbreak to sweep into Midwest on gusty “NW” winds this weekend; records in jeopardy Sunday, Monday & Tuesday—several single digit highs and sub-zero nights; arctic high’s central pressure: An eye-catching 31.00+”
A rapidly intensifying winter storm’s powerful backside winds to wallop the Chicago area with blast of frigid arctic air tonight and Friday; 40+ mph gusts likely; heavy wind-driven snows predicted across the Upper Midwest
Rising temps & a flood of northbound Gulf moisture sets the stage for clouds, fog and drizzle; the ongoing temp increase brings low 50s Monday; arctic blast doubled Lake Michigan ice this past week
A cold weekend’s ahead—but the arctic blast due next week is to be a record-breaker—the coldest in more than 2-decades; chills could approach 50-below by Wed morning; accumulating snow’s due late Sunday night and Monday
41” makes this Chicago’s snowiest season of past 5; another 1-3” late Tuesday night into Wed morning; rain and 40s with next system Saturday—Feb’s final days & March ‘19’s open next week may find Chicago in frigid late-season arctic air
Unsettled week ahead; weather to turn colder by Friday
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