Chicago's wet, mild weather feels like something out a spring forecast instead of a mid-December one, but here it is.
Overcast, damp conditions continue through Wednesday with periods of light-to-moderate rain and temperatures in the low- to mid-40s. The National Weather Service posted flood advisories for the Des Plaines, Fox and East DuPage rivers for the next few days, with some minor flooding possible.
Rain amounts totaled between 1/4 and 3/4 of an inch Wednesday morning in the metro area, but it won't stop there. Isolated thunderstorms could bring totals into the 1- to 2-inch range with a few locations topping two inches.
Temperatures continue to move upward. Expect mild air to gradually move in late Wednesday night when temps could reach low to mid 50s and possibly warmer well south of Chicago.
A cold front passes through during the predawn hours and Thursday morning brings lingering showers to an end and ushers in drier, colder air. Temps will start dropping from upper 40 and low 50s into the 40s and finally upper 30s later in the day as clouds break for partial sun.
By Friday sunshine returns along with typical, mid-December temps in the mid-30s.