While temperatures will climb above freezing later on Tuesday, the rain will stick around for the afternoon commute.
This month already was the third snowiest February on record in Chicago, and March will get an early jump on the snow, with a winter storm blanketing the area in up to 6 inches of snow on Sunday, March 1.
After the snowstorm ended, temperatures dropped nearly 20 degrees in 12 hours. As of shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, it was 18 degrees at O’Hare. By 3 a.m. Friday, the temperature had edged to zero. As of 6 a.m., it was 1 below.
Snow-covered roads made for a very slick commute across the Chicago area Thursday morning, after 2 to 8 inches of snow fell in Chicagoland overnight. Lake-effect snow was still falling in some neighborhoods late Thursday morning.
In February 1875, the average temperature in Chicago was 14.6 degrees. If predicted temperatures for the rest of the month hold true, the 14.9 degree average this February will have been the second coldest February on record for Chicago, according to AccuWeather.
Chicago area residents will continue riding a seesaw of temperatures over the next few days, with painfully cold conditions Monday, a brief return of milder conditions on Tuesday, and then another bitter blast later in the week.
After breaking two records for extreme cold on Thursday, the double digit temperatures expected by Friday afternoon should seem downright mild by comparison.
Around 6:20 a.m., the temperature at O’Hare National Airport dropped to 8 below zero, breaking the previous Feb. 19 record of 7 below, set in 1936, according to the National Weather Service.
Brutal, bone-chilling cold was seizing the Chicago area on Wednesday, and the city won’t see any release from the icy grip of this arctic blast for more than two days.
A mass of arctic air will send temperatures plunging into the single digits during the day Wednesday and Thursday, and below zero at night both days. Thursday’s high will be only about 5 degrees, which would break a record set in 1936, when the high temperature was 9 degrees on Feb. 19.
Snow, frigid temperatures and 45-mph winds could make for a grisly Thursday morning in parts of northwest Indiana, the National Weather Service warned.
A cold weekend is in store for Chicago, with temperatures and wind chills expected to approach the lowest recorded so far this year.
After a quick blast of Arctic air on Thursday, a milder weekend is in store for Chicago this weekend, but don’t expect all that snow to go anywhere anytime soon.
For the second day in a row, the city has deployed 650 pieces of snow removal equipment as crews continue clearing side streets in the wake of the 8th snowiest week on record, including a blizzard that blanketed the city in more than 19 inches of snow.
Not only was this weekend’s blizzard the 5th largest snowstorm in the city’s history, it also made the past week the 8th snowiest week on record for Chicago.
Wednesday morning, the city deployed 650 pieces of equipment to remove snow from side streets – including 315 snow plows, and 335 pieces of heavy construction equipment – to help haul away the piles of snow created by plows. In addition, the city has dispatched approximately 300 laborers to help shovel snow.
This weekend really tested the Postal Service creed, but Chicago district spokesman Mark Reynolds said letter carriers can handle the snow (and rain, rain and heat and gloom of night).
As of late Monday night, city officials said approximately 90 percent of the city’s side streets had been plowed at least once since the blizzard hit. However, there was still a lot of work to do to get the city’s side streets cleared of snow. In addition, many sidewalks have not been shoveled once since the start of the snowstorm.
Classes at Chicago Public Schools will resume on Tuesday, a day after classes were canceled Monday due to the blizzard.
Here are the total snow fall amounts measured by National Weather Service observers for the snowstorm that lasted from Saturday night until Monday morning.