Cold, Rain & Snow? Big Weather Shift Expected This Weekend

Winter is coming to the Chicago area -- or at least winter-like temperatures.  

Following an unseasonably warm Thursday with near record highs, the Chicago area could see a roughly 30-degree temperature drop in a matter of hours Friday. 

The day is expected to start out on a milder note, with highs reaching into the mid- to upper-60s, but they will fall quickly heading into the evening hours, dippping into the upper-30s by 10 p.m. 

A Wind Advisory is in effect in the area from 2 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday, warning of wind gusts of up to 50 mph. 

A band of rain and possibly even a few thunderstorms could cross the area during the afternoon and evening hours, tapering by midnight.

Meanwhile, blizzard conditions are forecast to move through parts of Minnesota Friday, bringing anywhere from 6 to 12 inches.

As temperatures plummet across the Chicago area Friday evening and into Saturday morning, lingering moisture could produce some light rain or snow showers with flurries possible overnight and during the morning with some minor accumulation possible in some areas. 

Temperature highs Saturday will sit in the upper-30s with wind chills in the 20s. Sunday highs look to stay cold and in the 30s. 

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