Forecast: Fierce Winds Bring About Cooling Trend
Some power outages; light wintry mix possible Saturday
Today: Sunny & very windy with gusts to 60 mph possible. Upper 50s. | Tonight: Windy. Mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Sunny & breezy. Low 50s. | Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear. Low 30s. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
With highs over 70 yesterday, winds gusting at times to near 60 mph today, and a wintry mix possible this weekend, the weather certainly cannot be called boring! The major story today is very high -- potentially damaging -- winds, with temperatures dropping back some. Winds die down somewhat on Friday (though it'll still be breezy) as highs cool to the low 50s. And the weekend? Not short of excitement, either. The cooling trend continues with the potential for rain and/or snow on Saturday, and more wintry excitement is possible by the middle of next week. Hold onto your hats!
Today (Thursday): Though you'll no doubt notice the mostly sunny skies and somewhat cooler temperatures -- highs in the upper 50s -- the big story is very windy conditions as a result of a strong jet stream almost directly overhead. This will allow for sustained northwesterly winds of 25-35 mph through much of the day, with occasional gusts near 60 mph not out of the question; no doubt we'll have lots of sticks and branches (hopefully not trees!) on the ground by day's end. Confidence: High
Tonight: If you're hoping for winds to die down tonight, you're going to be disappointed. Though they may not be quite as strong as during the day, we'll still probably see sustained winds at 15-25 mph with occasional gusts to over 40 mph, especially during the evening (rather than overnight hours). Clear skies will allow temperatures to drop into the mid 30s for overnight lows. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.
Tomorrow (Friday): Unfortunately, we still can't put the winds entirely to rest on Friday, though they won't be quite as strong (or potentially destructive) as today and tonight. We'll see mostly sunny skies again, with continued gusty northwesterly winds of 10-20 mph and occasional gusts over 25 mph. It will be a bit cooler, though, with afternoon highs in the low 50s. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: By Friday night, finally the winds become a non-issue. Expect clear skies if you decide to head out. Temperatures in the 40s during the evening hours will eventually drop to the low 30s by Saturday morning (upper 20s in the colder suburbs). Confidence: Medium-High
As we've been alluding to for a couple of days now, an area of low pressure will approach from the south and west on Saturday, fostering mostly cloudy skies and temperatures probably not making it out of the upper 30s. More important is the chance of some light precipitation, especially during the second half of the day. It appears there may be just barely enough cold air around that a mix of rain and wet snow is possible. Little or no accumulation is anticipated. Expect a drying trend Saturday night with overnight lows near 30. Confidence: Medium
Weak high pressure will build back into the area on Sunday, with dry conditions expected. Much of the day may be mostly cloudy, though there may be some peeks of sun at times. Afternoon highs will probably reach the low 40s in most areas. Confidence: Medium
Continued partly to mostly cloudy Sunday night, with overnight lows in the upper 20s in the northwest suburbs to near freezing downtown. We'll have to keep an eye on another disturbance passing to our south that, should it track a bit further north, might produce some light snow over the area Sunday night into early Monday. Confidence: Low-Medium
The outlook for the rest of Monday -- President's Day is for clearing skies, but with chilly (a bit cooler than normal) temperatures continuing. That probably means afternoon highs within a few degrees of 40 for the area. Monday night lows are likely to be in the 20s across the region. Confidence: Medium
There are some indications that colder than normal weather may continue into the mid and latter part of next week, with a possible storm system bringing the potential for some frozen precipitation to the area by Wednesday or Thursday.
Updated Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.
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