CHICAGO (CBS) — In a pattern Chicagoans likely are growing very weary of repeating, bitter temperatures will return to the area after the latest snowfall, before another round of snow this weekend.
Chicago got nearly seven inches of snow from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, on top of several inches still on the ground from earlier winter storms.
Temperatures on Thursday will reach a high of only about 7 degrees in Chicago, and then drop below zero early Friday, reaching a low of around 6 below zero before dawn.
Far western and northwestern suburbs already were getting a taste of the arctic conditions early Thursday, with temperatures as low as 6 below zero in McHenry, 7 below zero in DeKalb, and 12 below zero in Aurora. Wind chills ranged from 25 to 30 below those same areas. A wind chill advisory was in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday in Kane, Kendall, McHenry, LaSalle, and DeKalb counties.
Those same areas also will get the worst of Thursday night’s bitter blast, with wind chills as low as 30 below zero Thursday night into Friday morning in the far western and far northwestern s uburbs. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory from 9 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday for Kane, Kendall, McHenry, LaSalle, and DeKalb counties.
In Chicago, conditions should be slightly better, with wind chills of as low as 13 below zero during the day Thursday, and up to 19 below zero overnight.
While Thursday and Friday should be relatively clear for all of the Chicago area, and temperatures should rise back into the teens on Friday, and the 20s on Saturday, more snow will fall starting on Saturday, though CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports accumulations should be minor, as opposed to what hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday.
After this weekend, although there isn’t any snow in the forecast again through Wednesday, there also isn’t much of an improvement in temperatures, with the warmest being Wednesday’s high of about 24.