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The snow, wind and cold arrive just in time to make for a relaxing holiday weekend

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by: Mark Carroll, Bill Snyder, Jennifer Konke

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Snow, wind and cold arrive in time to make for a relaxing holiday weekend – with temperatures set to soar in the days before and after 2023 arrives

SNOW AREA


SLOWLY BECOME WIND CHILL AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES

Forecast wind chill values ​​at O’Hare Airport from 6 AM Friday through midnight Saturday


WEATHER HAZARD MAP

SNOW, COLD in 44 of lower 48 states under some form of advisory Thursday through Friday


WIND SPEED

Wind speeds increased significantly with the passage of an arctic cold front late morning/early afternoon Thursday. This is the peak of wind gusts on Thursday until 4:00 p.m.


HOLIDAY WEEKEND COLDS AHEAD. . .

. . . but far from the record temperatures of 1983


ARCTIC COLD FRONT PUSHES TEMPERATURES INTO FREE FALL

Temperature on Thursday 17:00

How much colder is it than Wednesday at the same time?


TEMPERATURES DROP QUICKLY AND WINDS GROW SIGNIFICANTLY AS AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVES INTO THURSDAY


HOURLY TEMPERATURE AT O’HARA AND MIDWAY AIRPORTS THURSDAY DECEMBER 22


TEMPERATURE FORECAST FOR 6-10 DAYS

After a cold Christmas weekend, much warmer temperatures are expected for the New Year

All of the contiguous 48 states are expected to have above normal temperatures before the New Year