It feels like summer was only yesterday and yet already winter weather is upon us.
According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected over the Chicago metro area tomorrow causing “the first hard freeze of the season” and what could be one of the coldest Chicago Halloweens on record.
Despite being a record-breaking 83 degrees in Chicago last week, tomorrow’s temperatures are expected to reach the low 30s.
National Weather Service predicts scattered snow to begin in the morning and last “throughout the day” including during trick-or-treating times as well as “gusty winds and wind chills” which will make it feel more like temperatures in the mid-20s.
Wind gusts will reportedly reach up to 30 miles per hour causing hazards with accompanying snow showers. If it drops lower than 38, which it is expected to, it will already be in the top five coldest Halloweens on record.
On top of that it has only snowed on 8 Halloweens in the City of Chicago since recordkeeping began.
The average recorded low over the past 30 years on Halloween has been 41 degrees while the 30-year average high temperature is 56 degrees. Back in 2019 it dropped to 33 degrees and recorded 3.4 inches of snowfall marking the snowiest ever Halloween in Chicago.
With temperatures remaining above freezing it is likely that the snow melts on contact and causes slushy, wet surfaces for much of the day.
National Weather Service warns that the first snow of the year can often cause the most problems as people are unprepared so beware of hazardous travel conditions and stay safe out there!
After the brief snow which inconveniently arrives for Halloween, the Chicago area will reportedly climb back up into the high 50s as the week goes on.
As ever, you can head to the National Weather Service website for all the latest weather forecasts and warnings.
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