Weather

Weather reports from Chicago and the suburbs.

The average temperature last month was 39.5 degrees, topping the previous record of 39 degrees set in 1882.
Chicago’s beloved weatherman delivered his usual comprehensive report one last time on Wednesday’s 9 p.m. newscast.
The roof and facade of a two-story apartment building in Mundelein were damaged, leaving 21 units uninhabitable and 59 people displaced on a day when the high temperature hit 74 at O’Hare and fell to the upper teens.
Chicago fell one degree short of the all-time daily record high for February on Tuesday, reaching 74 degrees at O’Hare Airport.
Residents reported tornadoes touching down in Sugar Grove, Hinckley and Waterman. Chicago hit 74 degrees, missing the record by one degree.
Chicago reached 71 degrees Monday, breaking the previous record high for the date. Temperatures will begin to cool Tuesday evening with strong to severe storms expected. Snow is possible late Tuesday and early Wednesday. In other words, a typical run of Chicago weather.
Rain showers should transition into snow, with temperatures falling below freezing Friday evening before mild weather returns by Sunday.
The monthly average temperature is predicted to be 39.2 degrees, barely above the record 39-degree average set in February 1882.
WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling, namesake of ‘Skilling It,’ was on hand for the unveiling of six newly named snow plows at the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s salt dome. One will be deployed in each of the department’s districts.
The stretch of warm weather Chicago has seen to start February is “pretty unusual,” said Brett Borchardt, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Wind gusts could reach up to 60 mph overnight, and Friday’s expected high of 56 degrees would tie the record high for Feb. 9 set in 1886. A small tornado struck in Wisconsin.
There’s a chance the record high for Feb. 9 of 56 degrees, set in 1886, could be broken as the area experiences a warm-up. But the warm-up cools down again Saturday.
Demetrius Ivory joined WGN in 2013 and currently works on the WGN Midday News and Evening News at 4 p.m. Tom Skilling, 71, will retire Feb. 28, after 46 years.
Check your garden Friday for a glimpse of one of Punxsutawney Phil’s cousins. Groundhogs are everywhere, quietly burrowing into pathways and attacking gardens.
A flash flood warning is in effect until Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. When an ice jam on the river breaks, flooding could happen quickly and without warning.
Dense fog advisories have been issued in the Chicago area for much of this week, and drivers are advised to be extra cautious.
Se espera lluvia a última hora de la tarde el jueves, lo que podría mejorar la visibilidad y despejar algo de niebla.
A dense fog advisory was issued until 6 p.m. Thursday. Fog could reduce visibility to a quarter of a mile or less, the weather service said.
Light snow will start Monday morning and accumulate up to 1 inch. Later in the day, freezing rain will begin and last overnight, leading to slick roads, sidewalks Tuesday.
Wind chills below zero were expected for the weekend before temperatures were expected to warm up next week.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday. Temps will dip into the teens, and the wind chill could fall below zero.
Railroad agencies warm up switch points to prevent frozen or clogged switches, allowing trains to link to other tracks.
A flood warning is in effect for the Wilmington area in Will County until further notice, according to the National Weather Service.
As temperatures plummeted to their lowest this season, the homeless outreach program of Thresholds, a North Side-based mental health provider, worked overtime to canvass the city handing out warm clothes, meals and offering shelter.