Thursday Hi 40, mostly cloudy to partly sunny, winds NNE to NE, 13 to 6 MPH, G24 to 14 MPH, 7a to 4p
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Thursday and Thursday Evening …
No Weather Hazards expected …
Scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning, diminishing from north to south as a cold front pushes through.
Temperatures falling into the 30s and low 40s behind the front Thursday.
Early morning surface analyses depicts a stationary front from central MO into northern IN, with a weak low pressure wave along the IL/IN border southeast of Kankakee. A cold front stretching from lower MI into northern IL will merge with within the stationary frontal trough Thursday morning, with the resulting strong cold front pushing south into central IL/IN through midday.
O’HARE FORECAST …
Forecast Beginning Thursday, Mar. 23, 2023
Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 41. North northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday Night: Rain before 4am, then rain, possibly mixed with snow. Low around 35. East northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday: Rain and snow before 4pm, then a chance of rain. Some thunder is also possible. High near 41. Breezy, with a north northeast wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
659 AM CDT Thu Mar 23 2023
.SHORT TERM… Issued at 400 AM CDT Thu Mar 23 2023
Main forecast points:
* Scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning, diminishing from north to south as a cold front pushes through.
* Temperatures falling into the 30s and low 40s behind the front today.
* Showers return south of I-80 Friday afternoon.
Early morning surface analyses depicts a stationary front from central MO into northern IN, with a weak low pressure wave along the IL/IN border southeast of Kankakee. A cold front stretching from lower MI into northern IL will merge with within the stationary frontal trough this morning, with the resulting strong cold front pushing south into central IL/IN through midday. Along and south of the boundary, a 45-50 knot southwesterly low level jet was providing moisture transport into the frontal zone, beneath a region of steep mid-level lapse rates on the order of 7-8 C/km. This was producing areas of convective showers and scattered thunderstorms along and north of the surface stationary front early this morning, though the MUCAPE axis is expected to shift south with the frontal zone through mid-late morning.
Combined with gradual mid-level drying from the west, this will shift the main focus for showers and scattered thunderstorms largely south of the forecast area by midday, though scattered showers may linger south of U.S. highway 24 through the afternoon. As the front pushes south, blustery north winds will bring cooler air into the forecast area. Current temps were in the lower 50s across the far southern parts of the cwa, though low-mid 30s were about to spill across the IL/WI border from the north. Thus, falling temperatures are expected for most areas this morning with daytime temps eventually settling in the lower 40s across most of the area, with even some upper 30s along the Lake Michigan shore as winds turn onshore.
The frontal zone is progged to stall across the Ohio Valley tonight, with forcing increasing due to increasing frontogenesis beneath the divergent right entrance region of a 150+ kt upper level jet streak across the Great Lakes. Rain is expected to increase north of the surface front mainly across central IL/IN, though some showers may affect far southern parts of the cwa overnight along the WFO LOT/ILX border. Developing surface low pressure will then track from the Southern Plains toward the lower Missouri Valley on Friday, increasing southerly return flow over the frontal zone during the day. This will lead to gradually increasing rain chances south of the I-80 corridor during the later afternoon hours. Otherwise, northeast winds off of Lake Michigan will limit temperatures to the 40s Friday, and to only around 40 along the lake shore.