Chicago Temps Drop 25 Degrees Overnight

Temps could plunge into the 30s inland Thursday night

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    What a difference a day makes.

    Tuesday's unseasonably warm, 70-degree weather dropped 25 degrees overnight, sending Chicago back to reality and back into fall.

    Rain and thunderstorms dissipated into gray clouds Wednesday and temps between 50 and 55 through much of the Chicago area.

    Occasional, spotty showers will be possible in the afternoon, mainly south of I-80, according to NBCChicago meteorologist Andy Avalos. Brisk winds are expected between 10 and 20 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.

    Winds turn to the north, ushering in cooler conditions for the next several days with temps remaining below average, even dropping into the 30s inland Thursday night.

    Additional rain and possibly a few isolated thunderstorms are expected over the next several days. 

    By Friday, a mix of sun and clouds moves in along with continued cool and a few showers in the evening. Highs in the low 50s continue this weekend, with showers developing later Sunday.