CHICAGO (CBS) — Rain will be sweeping into the Chicago area Friday afternoon and sticking around all weekend, but the White Sox home opener should be over before it starts.
As of 11:20 a.m. Friday, it was 61 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, 60 degrees at Midway, and 55 at Waukegan. Sunshine still prevailed in most areas, but cloud cover was expected to arrive around the time of the White Sox’ home opener against the Detroit Tigers at 1:10 p.m.
The rain was making its way west, and was already along the western boundary of Illinois at the Mississippi River during the 11 a.m. hour.
The rain is expected to arrive in the Chicago after 3 p.m. The weather will remain active overnight, and showers and thunderstorms are possible as the temperature drops to 53.
For the weekend, multiple low-pressure systems will be passing over the area, and heat and humidity will be propelled forward by the jet stream just to the south of the Chicago area.
Consequently, the temperatures will rise to a comfortable 72 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday. CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros says there will be periods when it’s not raining, and you will be able to get out and enjoy the 70s, but having an umbrella in close proximity is a good idea.
And while the Chicago area is out of the geographic range where severe weather is a threat, some areas could see some potential damage from the same storm system. Parts of Kansas and Oklahoma area at a high risk of severe weather, and a tornado outbreak is possible in that region.