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Despite the fact that we had to experience mainly cloudy days with below normal temperatures, the cut-off low that is responsible for the recent weather has improved drought/dry conditions across the region.
The rain that fell on Wednesday took our precipitation numbers from a deficit to a surplus. On Wednesday, Chicago O’Hare Airport recorded 0.77” of rain bringing the monthly total to 3.31”, which is 0.28” above normal.
The cut-off low that has been spinning over the region is on the move but will be replaced by an arctic intrusion that will send temperatures plunging to levels seen in late October or early November.
Thursday will be the transition day where afternoon temperatures will be fairly mild before making a sharp drop later in the day. The temperature plunge will not only be the story, but the fierce winds that will accompany.
A cold front associated with what will be an intensifying low pressure system will drop from the north. Pressure or height falls will occur and wind speeds will increase during the day on Thursday.
A Wind Advisory has been hoisted for all of northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana from 4pm CDT Thursday to 5am CDT Friday! During this period, wind speeds will range from 15-25 mph with gust better than 40 mph. After this period is where temperatures will have crashed with Friday morning lows in the 40s and afternoon highs only in the 50s.
Thursday: Variably cloudy. Showers and an isolated thunderstorm possible. Coverage 40%. Becoming windy with temperatures falling in the afternoon after the passage of a cold front. High temperatures |66-71|. Low temperatures in the 40s. Winds southwest becoming northwest 10-20 mph, gusting 35-45 mph.
Friday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely. Noticeably cooler and windy. High temperatures |55-60|. Winds northerly 10-20 mph with higher gust.
Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Continued cool and quite breezy. High temperatures |56-62|. Winds northerly 10-20 mph.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, dry, and warmer. High temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.
Monday: Sunny and warmer. Above normal temperatures for the first time in nearly a week and a half. High temperatures in the low to mid 70s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny and mild. High temperatures upper 60s/low 70s.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny and calm. High temperatures near 70 degrees.
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