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  • Much cooler weekend ahead

    CHICAGO — A much cooler, but seasonable and still comfortable, weekend lies ahead for the opening of meteorological summer. Saturday’s 74-degree predicted high temperature will be 16 degrees cooler than last Saturday’s 90 degrees. And Sunday’s 73-degree forecast high will come in 24 degrees cooler than last Sunday. The majority of the weekend will be dry with a mix of sun and clouds but there is one period of showers being monitored. It’s likely to arrive after sunset Saturday evening […]

  • Heavy rain leads to flooding in Chicago area

    CHICAGO —  Showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall swept across the Chicago area Wednesday evening. Widespread flooding was reported in the Addison area. Flooding also reported in Barrington on U.S. 14 between Hart Road and Route 59 and in portions of Elmhurst. Shortly after 7:30 pm skies were brightening as the storms moved out into Lake Michigan Viewers are shared photos of flooded streets in Elgin and across the viewing area- click the button below to share yours. In addition […]

  • Memorial Day weekend stays above 90 degrees for first time in recorded history

    CHICAGO — Temperatures in Chicago hit 95 degrees on Monday, tying the 2012 record and achieving something that hasn’t happened in recorded history: an entire Memorial Day weekend with temperatures above 90 degrees. This is the first time temperatures have been 90 degrees or higher on each of the three days of Memorial Day weekend in recorded weather history, which dates back to 1873. As temperatures remain high, it’s important to have fun, but remember the intense sun could cause […]

  • It might be tempting, but don’t swim in Lake Michigan this weekend

    CHICAGO — A friendly reminder that while it will be hot this weekend and the temptation to go into the lake will be high, the water is dangerously cold for swimming. Body heat can be lost 25 times faster in cold water than cold air. Extreme caution is advised. Important info from the NWS. Lake Michigan's water temps in 50s, the lake is dangerously cold for swimming. Water temps below 60F are generally considered very dangerous! pic.twitter.com/PiM6dZ2n78 — Morgan Kolkmeyer […]

  • Chicago could see hottest Memorial Day weekend on record

    CHICAGO — Talk about jumping right into summer. We’re on the precipice of one of the hottest Memorial Day weekends in Chicago since records began in 1871. It could quite possibly be the longest string of 90-degree days in May in 41 years (since nine consecutive 90-degree days in 1977). Temperatures are to top 90 degrees each of the coming three days with the exception of modest cooling in the immediate vicinity of the Chicago lakeshore. Daytime highs this weekend […]

  • Season’s first hot spell could bring hottest May day in 6 years

    CHICAGO — A huge dome of warm air is building across the nation’s mid-section and is to bring the region its warmest weather of 2018 to date. Memorial Day weekend typically kicks off the unofficial beginning of summer and Mother Nature received the memo this year. Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s beginning Saturday, peaking on Sunday when the predicted 93-degree high would mark the hottest May temperature here in six years, since the high of 95 degrees […]

  • 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 […]