A soggy, windy start to the work week could be a prelude to bitter cold and accumulating snow.
Winds could gust up to 35 mph on Monday and Tuesday, Bardou said, possibly pushing Tuesday morning's wind chill to zero. Temperatures aren't expected to climb out of the 20s until Friday, leaving time for a snowstorm to hit Thursday.
Bardou cautioned that it’s too early to predict how much snow will fall – or even to say for certain that the system, currently over the Gulf of Alaska, will hit Chicago – but both the National Weather Service and WGN meteorologist
The system is likely to hit late Thursday and linger through Friday morning, Bardou said, possibly changing over to freezing drizzle before its exit.
It could be Chicago's largest snow event of the season, but "that's not saying a whole lot," Bardou said. The strongest storm to date left only 2.4 inches.