Winter mix, windy conditions to usher in the weekend – NBC Chicago

Spring officially began on March 20, but Chicago still can’t get a break from the wintry weather.

The region experienced another bout of troubling weather on Friday, starting with a few showers in the morning and another round of patchy rain in the early afternoon.

Thunderstorms and high winds rolled into the evening, bringing wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour in some areas. Rain showers were expected to turn to snow by early evening, according to the National Weather Service, with possible snowfall accumulation in the following hours.

Gale winds could complicate matters, forecasters said, as gusty winds were set to continue, along with brief periods of heavy snowfall.

Drivers have been advised to take extra time and be very careful as they may encounter slush on the roads in the region, especially bridges and overpasses.

Temperatures remained in the low 40s as rain fell across the region before a major cooling.

A cold front was set to move in overnight, sending temperatures plummeting to 20 degrees on Saturday morning. Windy conditions will continue early as light snow will occur in some communities, according to the NWS.

Not everyone will see snow to start the weekend, but don’t be surprised if you do, especially in northwest Indiana, said NBC 5 Storm team meteorologist Iisha Scott. .

Things will calm down as dawn breaks into the afternoon, but lake effect snow will still be possible in northwest Indiana. Temperatures will rise slightly during the day on Saturday, climbing to the 30s by afternoon.

All in all, if you’re planning on venturing out this weekend, you’ll want to bundle up. Sunday will bring more sunshine, but will only see a high temperature of 38 degrees.