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  • Sticking snow could arrive ahead of bitter blast of cold next week

    It’s still nearly a week away and we have several relatively mild days (by December standards) to enjoy before then, but the vast majority of our medium-range computer models suggest an early-season cold snap will arrive early next week sending temperatures tumbling. A healthy late autumn storm arrives on Monday. It will begin as rain, but is likely transition over to snow or snow showers as temperatures take a dive Monday night into Tuesday.  It’s still far too early to […]

  • High winds threaten damage and power outages Wednesday morning

    Fasten those seat belts (and your lawn furniture) friends, we are in for a wild 24-hour period ahead. First, a brief temperature surge into the 50s later tonight with a round of showers and potentially a few isolated strong thunderstorms, especially south of I-80. Then, a high wind warning kicks in at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning and runs through 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. High winds gusting as high as 50-60 mph threaten tree damage and minor structural damage as well […]

  • Strong wind, storms could create travel problems Wednesday morning

    A powerhouse late autumn storm will bring rain and damaging wind gusts of 50 to 60 mph to the Chicago area as people hit the road for the Thanksgiving break Wednesday, and a storm moving in this weekend could pose a risk of heavy snow north of Chicago and rain to the south. As many as 55 million are predicted to head out on the roads and over 4.5 million will travel by air around the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, according […]

  • Coldest first half of November in at least 150 years

      November is typically a month of rapid change with “normal” temperatures declining faster than any other month in Chicago as the descent into winter takes place. But, this year has been anything but “normal.” The opening 15 days have averaged 31.2 degrees, a reading nearly 13 degrees below normal, and good enough to rank as the coldest November 1-15 since weather records began here in 1871, nearly 150 years ago. A slow warm-up is expected in coming days, peaking […]

  • Tuesday’s record-breaking cold not seen in 149 years

    Not just cold: Record-breaking cold never seen in 149 years Cold weather is no stranger around Chicagoland in winter, but to be this cold this early is truly unprecedented. The high of 17 degrees missed the “normal” high for this date by an astounding 33 degrees and blew away the previous record for the coldest high temperature on November 12 of 28 degrees set back in 1995. Never before since weather records began in 1871 has the temperature been this […]

  • Chicagoland now braces for brutal, record-breaking cold

    Snow moving out, brutal record-breaking cold moving in Despite mostly sunny skies expected on Tuesday, biting northwest winds will create sub-zero morning wind chills. And it won’t be much better in the afternoon. The forecast high of 21 degrees is not only nearly 30 degrees below normal but it will easily shatter the old record for the coldest high temperature on November 12 of 28 degrees set back in 1995. The chill will slowly ease as the week progresses but […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued across Chicago area, snow expected overnight

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the Chicago area Sunday, as accumulating snow is expected to overspread the region from west to east overnight into Monday afternoon. According to the NWS, between three and six inches of snow are possible from midnight until 2 p.m. Monday in counties across the Chicago region, except Kankakee and Newton in Indiana. Snow will begin in westernmost sections later Sunday evening and move east across the […]

  • Cold air moves in overnight and frigid wind chills early next week

      The first of two cold surges arrives Wednesday night and will last through Friday. A second, stronger cold blast earlier next week threatens to break long-standing records with high temperatures only reaching the middle 20s, a reading  25 degrees below normal. Morning wind chills are expected to dip near zero in some areas by Tuesday morning.         Updates at

  • Snow moves out — windchills are next: Friday frigid’s forecast

    The snow is moving out of the area – and the cold is next. Wednesday and Thursday’s snowfall now makes this the second snowiest October since 1885. 4.6 inches fell – which is three times the total snowfall for all of last December!   Frigid windchills will greet you as you head out the front door Friday morning. While temperatures won’t be quite as frigid this weekend, they will remain well below normal for early November. Updates at

  • Temperatures to plunge 20 degrees in 8 hours Friday

    Get ready Chicago, a strong cold front is set to send temperatures plunging on Friday. On a typical day, the coolest temperatures occur around 7 a.m. and the warmest temperatures around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Friday will reverse that trend. As you head out the door in the morning for work or school, expect to be greeted by balmy readings in the mid to upper 60s.  But, don’t be fooled. Showers and even a few isolated thunderstorms will bring […]

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