Paul earned his BS in Math-Physics at Ball State University. As a weather Officer in the Air Force he had a year of study in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has a Masters in Meteorology from Purdue University with additional studies at Rutgers University. He entered the National Weather Service in 1962 and held various positions over the ensuing years – Pennsylvania State Climatologist, Lead Forecaster in Indianapolis and Des Moines, Central Region Chief of Operations in Kansas City, Meteorologist-In-Charge(MIC) at Cincinnati and MIC at Chicago (1990-2002). WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune Meteorologist since 2002.

Recent Articles
  • Scattered light freezing drizzle/very fine snow could cause slick spots to develop overnight/early Tuesday morning

    Slick spots could develop overnight and early Tuesday morning across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana, including Chicago. With clouds and low-level moisture in place, a weak disturbance aloft may be enough to trigger scattered light drizzle/fine snow overnight into Tuesday morning. As temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s, there is a good chance some slick spots could develop, especially on overpasses and untreated roads/streets/sidewalks and parking areas. If you are outside or traveling overnight into the morning […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory has been discontinued – a few slick spots still possible this evening/overnight

    Update 3:45PM CST… The Winter Weather Advisory for the Chicago area has been discontinued. Precipitation is very light, generally a wet snow/drizzle mix and this should continue into the overnight hours. Snow accumulation has for all practical purposes ended. As the evening progresses, temperatures could drop below 32-degrees into the upper 20s, so if you are traveling or on foot, beware that some slick spots could still develop with the fine drizzle/wet snow mix or form on wet surfaces. Low […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for an additional 1 to 3-inches continues for a good portion of the Chicago area Saturday

    Update 5:30AM CST… The Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Chicago area today into the evening in Illinois along and north of Interstate-80 (purple-shaded counties on the headlined map) – additional snowfall of 1 to as much as 3-inches is expected before the snow gradually diminishes and ends from the west this afternoon/evening. With temperatures holding in the upper 20s and lower 30s highways and streets, sidewalks, parking lots especially may still be slick and snow-covered causing hazardous […]

  • Dense Fog Advisory until Friday evening for the Illinois Chicago area along and north of Interstate-80

    Update 3:15 pm CST… Dense Fog Advisory shifts north – now in effect until later this evening for Illinois counties along and north of Interstate-80. Visibility has dropped to near zero in many locations with moist air positioned over the wet snow cover. The afternoon/evening commute will be significantly impacted, so prepare for a slow commute with sudden loss in visibility for extended distances. Conditions have improved considerably well south of Interstate-80. Refer to the visibility map below for latest […]

  • Lake-effect snow showers continue from NW Indiana into Illinois this Monday afternoon

    Light Lake-effect snow showers look to continue this afternoon from Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana west-southwest into southern Cook and Will Counties in Illinois. Not much, but some slight accumulations will likely continue in these areas and with temperatures hovering in the 20 to 25-degree range slippery spots could develop, especially on untreated surfaces, so drive carefully and watch your step. A few light flurries may continue in adjoining Grundy and Kankakee Counties in Illinois. A weak upper-level low […]

  • Lake Effect snow Sunday night, cold temperatures may warm slightly mid-week

    Northerly winds will push snow showers inland off Lake Michigan Sunday evening, with heaviest snow settling over NW Indiana. Northern portions of Porter County in northwest Indiana could get three to five inches, and one to three inches are possible in southern Porter and northern Lake counties. Little or no accumulation is likely to result from light evening snow showers along and just inland of the Lake and Cook county shorelines. For the latest forecast and more visit   […]

  • Wind Chill Advisory for western portions of the Chicago continues this Sunday forenoon

    Update 5AM CST… The Wind Chill Advisory for western portions of the Chicago area (light-blue-shaded counties on the headlined map) for wind chills -15 to -25-degrees continues until 10AM CST this Sunday morning. Current wind chill and temperature maps are shown below. Current Wind Chill… Current temperatures… ___________________________________________________________________________________________   A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from 9PM this evening until 10AM Sunday for western Chicago area counties shaded in light blue on the headlined map. With the leading edge […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory continues north and west portions today – strong cold front brings snow showers/falling temps and gusty west winds this afternoon

    Update 11:20AM CST… As low pressure and the associated strong cold front move off to the east, much colder air will spread into our area this afternoon, riding westerly winds that will at times gust well over 40 miles per hour. Temperatures will drop steadily – falling through the 20s into the teens. There still could be some scattered snow showers and blowing snow, which when combined with the fast drop-off in temperatures could cause freezing of water/slush left over […]

  • At 10PM CST Sleet/snow west with accumulating snow continuing east portion

    Update 10:30PM CST… Snow continues to accumulate over eastern portions of the Chicago area, but is turning over to a mix of snow and sleet along and west of the Fox River Valley. Greatest snowfall reported thus far has been north of Interstate-88/290 headed by 4.7-inches at Bull Valley with reports in excess of 4-inches at Buffalo Grove, St. Charles, Northbrook and Cary. Reports south of Interstate-80 have been generally around an inch or less. Chicago area snowfall reports between […]

  • Accumulating snow here – Mesoscale Discussion highlights freezing rain in central Illinois

    As snow accumulates making for a slow dangerous Friday evening commute/travel across northern Illinois into northwest Indiana and the Chicago area, to the south freezing rain/sleet mixed with snow will create very hazardous travel in that area this evening. Following is a Mesoscale Discussion issued by the National Storm Prediction Center regarding the portion of Illinois just to our south (escalloped area on the headlined map) – travel in that direction is not advised. Mesoscale Discussion 0061 NWS Storm Prediction […]

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