Dense fog and temperatures as warm as 50 degrees – NBC Chicago
Wednesday in Chicago will start foggy and cold but will end much warmer, with temperatures above average and possibly the “warmest night since Christmas,” NBC 5 Meteorologist Kevin Gaines said.
According to the National Weather Service, pockets of dense, freezing fog are expected to continue until mid-morning, with areas to the west seeing significantly reduced visibility.
As of 5:30 a.m., visibility in some parts of DeKalb and Kendall counties had dropped to a quarter-mile or less, Gaines said. By 6 a.m., Aurora’s visibility was even lower.
“Smooth, patchy spots may appear when temperatures are below freezing,” the National Weather Service said. “Be careful while traveling.”
As the fog lifts, the day is expected to remain mostly cloudy and dry, with temperatures rising into the mid-40s by noon, Gaines said.
Later Wednesday afternoon, some parts could see temperatures reach the upper 40s, even reaching 50 degrees, Gaines said.
Wednesday evening will remain warm and steady, settling in the mid-40s, making it one of the warmest nights the city has seen since late December, Gaines said.
Temperatures are expected to get much warmer on Thursday, reaching highs in the mid-50s. However, Gaines said warmer temperatures come with a chance of rain, along with the potential for thunderstorms.
“The chance of rain develops around midday tomorrow,” Gaines said. “You can’t rule out a mid-afternoon rumble of thunder, especially in the western suburbs.
According to Gaines, Thursday will also be windy, with gusts up to 35 mph at times.
“The weather doesn’t look severe, but it will be windy without rain,” Jeanes said.
According to Janes, the rain is expected to end on Thursday before sunrise on Friday. Another system could move in Friday evening, with rain continuing overnight, Gaines said.
Temperatures higher than expected
According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, the high temperature for Thursday and Friday in Chicago is currently expected to reach 56 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service, some parts on Friday could reach the 50s or near 60 degrees, giving a rare dose of spring-like weather for early February.
According to the National Weather Service, the record high temperature in Chicago on February 8 was 62 degrees, set in 1925.
Friday’s record of 56 degrees, set in 1886, could be tied or broken.
Even if the temperature falls below this record, it will still be well above our seasonal averages, with February 8 and 9 typically seeing high temperatures of 34 degrees, according to meteorological data.
Unfortunately for warm weather fans, the good times won’t last, as temperatures are expected to start dropping heading into the weekend.
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