Winter is coming.
The day has come folks. The notorious Midwest winter has announced its imminent arrival in Chicagoland. National Weather Service is expecting scattered snow showers to arrive in the Windy City tomorrow which could continue over the weekend.
Chicago’s first date for seeing snow is usually October 31st. Last year true enough the first traces of snow fell on Chicago towards the end of October before as much as 3 inches of snowfall covered parts of Chicago on November 24, 2021.
This year we’ve been blessed with a slightly longer stretch of fall weather without the unwelcome sight of winter but as our cherished holiday events simultaneously start up, we must brace ourselves for the cold to come.
We knew this day was going to come this season and that's when the forecast says “likely snow”. ❄️
That forecast is for Fri when scattered snow showers are expected. Brief heavier rates that would sharply reduce visibility are favored, and a dusting is possible. #ILwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/gCFkLpNHVC
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) November 11, 2021
According to an official NWS tweet posted last night, “scattered snow showers are a good bet Friday which looks to be a raw and unpleasant day!”
The weather service then continued to break the bad news early this morning revealing that “The forecast shows a change set to begin today with a cold front. This will end the rain showers with windy conditions this afternoon & falling temps into Friday. Snow showers (yes snow) on Friday, & some may be heavy. A chance for some snow on Sun but low confidence.”
NWS also warned of brief heavier rates of snow may sharply reduce visibility and a dusting is possible across Chicagoland. There’s no need to break out the plow just yet because no serious snowstorm is expected in the next week. Heavier snowfall of more than 1 inch doesn’t usually start blanketing Chicago until after the first week of December.