Friday marks the first day of astronomical winter with the Winter Solstice set for 4:23 pm in Chicago. As low pressure departs to the east, north winds gusting as high as 30 mph will make Chicago-area high temperatures in the middle 30s “feel like” the mid 20s. There may even be a few flurries in the air, especially in northwest Indiana.
High temperatures the next few days will likely fail to warm out of the 30s but even so readings will generally be above normal – normal high is 33 degrees. We expect little in the way of precipitation here, while the departing low pressure system is forecast to dump heavy 1-3 inch rains along the U. S. eastern seaboard the next couple days.