CHICAGO (CBS) — After a week of spring-like warm temperatures, Chicago was going through some wild weather changes to start the weekend, with rain and hail overnight changing to snow by Saturday.
After the mercury reached the 60s or better six times in the past seven days, temperatures dropped into the upper 30s Thursday night as storms moved through the area.READ MORE: Sources: CPD Officer Shoots Person Along Eisenhower Expressway In West Suburbs; Police Were Pursuing Person Of Interest In Shooting That Killed 7-Year-Old Jaslyn Adams
For some people on the North Side and northern suburbs, that meant dodging hail overnight, with stones the size of mozzarella balls covering windshields in the Portage Park neighborhood.READ MORE: State Rep. LaShawn Ford Introduces Legislation To Increase Equity In Illinois Cannabis Industry
“You could hear it coming down. It sounded like rain at first, but it was popping like popcorn. It started getting stronger, and faster, and more pops. I looked outside, and the hail was coming down. I figured come out and get it before it freezes to the ground,” Aurelio Perez said.
Lightning also lit up the skies overnight, and more thunderstorms were possible Friday afternoon and evening, followed by snow showers Saturday morning as temperatures drop below freezing.MORE NEWS: Remembering Hazel Johnson, Chicago’s ‘Mother Of Environmental Justice,’ On Earth Day 10 Years After Her Passing
Mild weather was expected to return on Sunday, with temperatures reaching the upper 40s by Sunday afternoon. Highs likely will be in the upper 40s to low 50s most of next week.