Mother Nature throws Chicagoans a curveball

on Apr16

16 April 2018 | 6:10 pm


Mother Nature ignored Chicagoland when the first day of spring arrived on March 20 at 11:15 a.m. After a wet and cold weekend, a winter storm warning was issued this morning for Boone, McHenry and Lake counties until 9 a.m. Chicagoans can expect strong winds, temperatures in the 30s, and roughly an inch of snow accumulation. Local commuters described a slippery, dangerous commute during rush hour.

“Couple of people spinning out, pumping breaks, sliding into the ditches is not good…I’d stay inside if you can,” said motorist Brendon Nosal. “This is about what we can expect in the Midwest. You never know what we’re going to get. This time of the year, snow, rain and water. This is normal.”

Historically, the Windy City’s average high in April is 59 degrees Fahrenheit and its normal low is 42 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the past week saw dramatic temperature fluctuations with a high of 71 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 29 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, the local area has recorded precipitation totals of 1.57 inches over the past seven days. Inclement weather across the Midwest has caused the postponement of three of the Cubs’ first 14 games and the postponement of four of the White Sox’s initial 14 contests.

Temperatures will remain in the 30s and 40s tomorrow and Wednesday. Thereafter, temperatures are predicted to incrementally rise and peak at 50 degrees on Sunday, April 22.

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