First Snowflakes of the Season Spotted in Northwest Suburbs | NBC Chicago

First Snowflakes of the Season Spotted in Northwest Suburbs

The wintery weather lasted for about 15 minutes Thursday



    Expect cold and windy conditions to continue into Thursday evening. Temperatures will warm slightly with sunny skies forecast for Friday. (Published Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015)

    Though no snowflakes appeared to reach the ground, residents of a northwest suburb got a glimpse of winter if they looked up into the sky Thursday morning.

    The wintery weather was reported in Elgin and lasted for about 15 minutes, according to meteorologists. 

    The snow comes amid the coldest temperatures of the season so far, with wind chills dipping into the 20s in some areas overnight, but record heat is expected to arrive in the area next week. 

    Thursday will see the coldest high temperature of fall so far, with highs possibly staying in the upper-40s, according to the National Weather Service.

    As scattered showers and moisture lingered into Thursday morning, temperatures were expected to be cold enough to support some graupel or flurries, particularly in far northern Illinois.

    What the Heck Is Graupel?What the Heck Is Graupel?Meteorologist Alicia Roman explains the weather phenomenon that's headed our way. (Published Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012)

    While Thursday remains cold throughout the day, Friday looks to be mostly sunny with highs in the low- to mid-50s.

    Scattered showers return to the forecast Saturday, bringing the chance for a damp Halloween for trick-or-treaters.

    Temperatures will likely return to the 60s by Sunday and even into the 70s next week.

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