All is clear to step out of the house Saturday morning, as the weather will be tame after rough winds and record-breaking snowfall wreaked havoc in Chicago on Halloween.
A 10th of an inch of snow was recorded at O’Hare International Airport on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. It marked the city’s first Halloween with any snow since 1993 and the first with measurable snowfall in recorded history.
Chicago has only seen snow on Halloween six times since 1873, NWS meteorologist Mike Bardou said.
But only a 20 percent of rain or snow is expected before 10 a.m. Saturday, the weather service reports.
High winds were also a problem Friday afternoon. Gusts pushed water onto northbound Lake Shore Drive and sparked a flood advisory for the lakefront area. Also, a floating haunted house attraction at Navy Pier became damaged by the gusts and waves and was closed after it started sinking, a pier spokesman said.
A gust of 53 mph was measured Friday at Midway International Airport.
Winds won’t be anywhere near that speed Saturday, not expected to exceed 25 mph, NWS said.
Airlines proactively canceled more than 300 flights at O’Hare as of Friday morning, the city’s Department of Aviation said. Flights at both O’Hare and Midway were operating normally Saturday morning.
But the promise of calm does not hold true for warmth. The weather service expects a high of 44 degrees and a low of 32 Saturday.