On Wednesday afternoon, Chicago officially passed 53° for the first time since Oct 31, 2018, topping out at 57°F. That marks 132 consecutive days below 54°F, which is the second longest “below 54” streak since records began in 1871.
A deep low pressure system near 970 mb broke some records in Colorado with 80 MPH winds and a blizzard in Denver, and showed a distinct, vast commahead structure this afternoon on satellite and radar images. The system, known as a Bomb Cyclone for its rapidly intensifying low pressure, also includes a severe blizzard in Rapid City, South Dakota.
— Tom Niziol (@TomNiziol) March 13, 2019
There is not a lot of rain forecast for Chicagoland with this system, but thunder, and high south-southwest wind gusts are forecast to peak at about 50 MPH about 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019. The highest wind gusts will be in Chicago and southeast to Indiana. Wind gusts won’t be back under 30 MPH until about 1:00 a.m. Friday.
Air pressure is expected to dip to 994 mb from noon to about 3 pm Thursday as the “eye” of the “diminishing bomb cyclone” will be passing to the north through Wisconsin on its trip from southeast Colorado.
Temperatures will begin falling about 3:00 p.m. and fall from 67°F at 1:00 p.m. to 43°F by midnight. Temperatures will stay above freezing overnight Thursday/Friday, but the high Friday will only reach 40°F in the afternoon.
Expect steady temps overnight in the 50s, except near the lake in the mid 40s. Thursday, temps will warm into the 60s to possibly near 70 in the south. Friday through Sunday, temps will cool to the upper 30s to lower 40s. pic.twitter.com/pYPIq5CJ1V
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 13, 2019
Winds are expected to gust 45 to 55 mph across the area mid-morning Thursday into Thursday evening, with the highest gusts across southern portions of the area. pic.twitter.com/aMpFt40zTp
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 13, 2019
O’HARE FORECAST …
Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 4am, then showers likely. Low around 53. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 10am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Thursday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Friday: A chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a chance of rain between 7am and 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 40. West northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Sunday: A slight chance of rain after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Tuesday: A chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Tuesday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Chicago IL
833 PM CDT Wed Mar 13 2019
…Strong Winds on Thursday…
Including the cities of DeKalb, Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton, Chicago,
Ottawa, Oswego, Morris, Joliet, Kankakee, Pontiac, Watseka,
Paxton, Gary, Valparaiso, Morocco, Rensselaer, and Fowler
833 PM CDT Wed Mar 13 2019 /933 PM EDT Wed Mar 13 2019/
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM CDT /11 AM EDT/ TO
10 PM CDT /11 PM EDT/ THURSDAY…
* TIMING…Thursday from mid-morning through early evening.
* WINDS…South to southwest gusting to 50 to 55 mph.
* IMPACTS….Difficult travel, especially for high profile
vehicles. Scattered minor tree damage is possible. Unsecured
objects outdoors will be blown around.
A Wind Advisory means that sustained winds of 30 mph and/or wind
gusts of 45 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving
difficult…especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra
LAKE TEMPS …
SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
909 AM CDT Wed Mar 13 2019
LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES…
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