Several counties across the Chicago area were under a Winter Weather Advisory for Halloween on Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory the day before, taking effect for McHenry and DeKalb counties beginning Wednesday evening and continuing until 4 p.m. Thursday.
For Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle and Lake counties in Illinois, the advisory begins at midnight and continues until 6 p.m. Thursday. In Cook and DuPage, the advisory begins at 3 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. Thursday.
The advisories warn of accumulating snow with 4 or more inches expected in some locations. Some locations may only see just rain, but commutes will likely be impacted.
Costumed candy-seekers will likely have to brave record-breaking snowfall, windy and unseasonably cold conditions for the holiday.
Models show Thursday will be washout, with rain and snow both expected. The day began with rain, likely transitioning to snow heading into the late-morning and afternoon hours.
The system will leave behind accumulations ranging from 5 inches in far northwest suburbs to 1 to 2 inches closer to the lake and in the city.
Highs Thursday are expected to sit in the low- to mid-30s, though blustery winds will make it feel much colder.
Several suburbs have already rescheduled trick-or-treating hours due to the wintry conditions.
The weather on Halloween varies greatly year to year, particularly when it comes to temperatures. And recently, it’s featured quite a bit of rain.
According to the National Weather Service, normal temperatures for the last week of October sit in the mid- to upper-50s with lows in the mid- to upper-30s.
The average high for Oct. 31 is 56 degrees.
The record for snowfall on Halloween in Chicago was set in 2014, when a tenth of an inch was recorded in the city. That record is expected to be broken this year.