Chicagoans could be easily excused for feeling as if they are constantly walking under a dark cloud.
The showers that made this Friday morning gloomy have largely moved on their way, but look for a major drop in the temperature accompanying the sunny skies when the weekend begins.
Looking back on the beautiful, sunny skies on Saturday as Chicagoans enjoyed the Bud Billiken Parade and the North Halsted Street Market Days, this may seem like the worst kind of Monday. But look for sunshine again on Tuesday.
The temperature has been cut significantly – although it’s still plenty summery. And the clouds will give way to clear skies later in the day.
The summerlike March heat wave has come to an end after more than a week with temperatures exceeding 80 degrees, but even the lower temperatures are far in excess of what is typical for March.
This is the first day of meteorological spring, but the spring-like temperatures that predominated in the Chicago area 24 hours ago are history.
The snow is done falling, but conditions remain chilly and dreary until the next system brings rain on Wednesday.
Temperatures will stay colder than we have seen in recent days, as skies remain cloudy with the occasional peek of sunshine.
Conditions are sunny and May flowers are in bloom at last, and with bone-chilling rain, overcast skies and even a late-season snowstorm, few in Chicago were likely sorry to see April go.