Huge waves crashed on the shores of Chicago's 31st and 47th Street beaches Wednesday morning ahead of afternoon warnings of 20- to 25-foot waves.
Call it a bump in the road to a sunnier, milder weekend.
Gusty winds and unseasonably cool temperatures persist Thursday with light rain across the area. Showers are expected to end in the north and western suburbs by mid-afternoon, and clouds should break for partial sun, according to NBCChicago meteorologist Andy Avalos.
Rain lingers in southern areas, though, and to the east in Northwest Indiana.
Area temps hold between 47 and 51, but don't expect the wind to die down anytime soon. North-northeastern winds could produce gusts up to 35 mph on and off until Friday.
Patchy fog and frost ends the day as temps drop to nearly 30 away from the lake and 42 in Chicago.
The sun returns Friday with temperatures reaching 55, and Saturday should be even better: mostly sunny, breezy and milder in the afternoon with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s.
Get ready for a little more rain and low 60s on Sunday and highs in the mid- to upper 50s by Monday.