Temps about to plunge - is snow on its way?
Sun-Times Media October 25, 2012 1:22PM
Can we expect to see a little of this over the weekend? Forecasters say it is possible we will see some flurries, or a very light dusting of snow, but nothing that will stick around too long. | AP file photo
Updated: October 26, 2012 1:08AM
On Oct. 24, the area flirted with temperatures near 80 degrees and the high was again expected near 80 degrees on the afternoon of Oct. 25. Then it’s bye-bye summer.
After topping out at 78 degrees on Oct. 24, temperatures on Oct. 25 are expected to come close to the record high of 79 degrees — as of about 1 p.m. Oct. 25, the temperature in Chicago was 75 degrees — but then the temps may drop as much as 40 degrees by the end of the night.
That drop is courtesy of a strong cold front that will enter the area late in the afternoon, and there’s a chance, though very small, of snow showers over the next few nights.
High temperatures on Oct. 25 will continue being unseasonably mild, according to the National Weather Service, with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.
The cold front will then sweep across the area on Oct. 25 in the late afternoon and evening, according to the weather service. Winds will shift to the northwest and temperatures will plummet behind the front, possibly as much 15 degrees to 20 degrees in just an hour.
The front should sweep through Rockford by mid- to late afternoon, across the Chicago area toward the evening rush and across northwest Indiana during the early evening.
Low temperatures on the night of Oct. 25 are expected to be in the upper 30s and wind gusts of up to 35 mph are expected to last through early morning Oct. 26, according to the weather service.
Lows are expected to remain in the mid-30s through the night of Oct. 29, and highs are expected to be in the upper 40s through Oct. 29.
Beginning in the evening on Oct. 26, there is a chance that snow showers could accompany light rain showers, according to the weather service.
From the evening of Oct. 26 through the evening of Oct. 29, as well as the morning of Oct. 27, there is a 20 percent chance the area could see show showers mixed with light rain.
A weather service meteorologist noted, though, that there was “a really small chance” of white stuff falling.
Asked if that snow was the sort that would stick to the ground, the meteorologist said, “Oh heavens, no.”