Skilling’s Monday Forecast: Snow early Tuesday will turn into rain; cloudy but dry Thanksgiving


CHICAGO — Up to three inches of measurable snow may be headed to the area early Tuesday, possibly making for a messy morning commute but turning into rain as the day goes on. 

The average first day for flurries in Illinois is on or around October 30, and in fact we had our first flurries a tad early on October 26 and 27. The first measurable snow, which is defined as 1/10 of an inch or more, typically arrives on or around November 17. 

Winter Weather Advisories will be in effect for western Kane and McHenry counties from 2 a.m. – 10 a.m. Tuesday as the season’s first sticking snow moves into the Chicago area. Winds will pick up during the day Tuesday as that circulation takes over, and forget about any sunshine as we will have a total overcast during the day.

Snow is expected to reach the city around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. and continue into the morning rush hour, changing over to rain around lunchtime. Snowfall totals could reach 2 inches in the city and suburbs, up to 2 – 3.5 inches in the far north and west sections of the winter weather advisory region.

Temperatures hold nearly steady around 45 degrees during the day Tuesday, likely melting any accumulating snow.

Occasional rain is likely during the day on Wednesday, while daytime high temperatures could get up to around 52 degrees. 

A lot of clouds are going to hang in behind the system through Thursday, but we think the rain will be out of here, making for a mostly cloudy Thanksgiving Day while temperatures could reach 50 degrees.

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