While the Northeast sees hundreds of canceled flights and closed schools as it braces for a powerful winter snowstorm, Chicago is enjoying sunshine and above-average temperatures for February.
“The whole month has been warm and above average,” NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman said, noting that Chicago even broke a 138-year-old temperature record of 56 degrees earlier in the month. According to Roman, the average temperature for this time of year is around 47 degrees.
Although the weather is expected to remain calm and tranquil, some cooling is expected, Roman said, with below-average days expected during the week and into the weekend.
Tuesday in the Chicago area will be mostly sunny, with highs between 30 and 40 degrees, Roman said. Although daytime hours will remain dry, parts of the night could see a fast-moving system with a mix of rain and snow.
“A quick flurry of snow is possible in areas south of I-80, with a risk of slippery driving conditions through Wednesday morning,” the National Weather Service said in an alert.
Roman said the system was likely to arrive around 1 a.m. and leave around 6 a.m., and impact counties in northwest Indiana and far south Chicago, notably Grundy, Kankakee and Will.
Once the system passes, sunshine is expected Wednesday, along with slightly warmer temperatures in the mid-40s, Roman said.
After that, a cooling is expected, along with more chance of precipitation.
Another rain-snow mix overnight Wednesday into Thursday could lead to accumulations of slushy snow near the Illinois-Wisconsin border, the NWS said.
“A bit of wet, slushy snow early Thursday morning moved across our northern counties,” Roman said. “In the south, it always rains.”
By 7 a.m., that system should disappear, Roman added, although smooth morning commutes could persist.
Thursday will be a dry day, Roman said, with partly sunny skies expected and temperatures in the low 40s. Friday will start dry, but snow could potentially arrive as the afternoon and evening arrive. , Roman said.
According to forecast models, Friday’s temperature will also drop into the low 30s.
On Saturday, temperatures are expected to drop further, with a maximum of 29 degrees expected. On Sunday, however, temperatures are expected to rise back into the low 40s, Roman said.