Chicago will feel a lot more like January than November in the coming days as snow and a brutal cold front make their way into the area.
The first taste of winter weather this week comes Tuesday night, as some light precipitation could bring a rain-snow mix to the area, mainly north of Interstate 88.
The system is not expected to leave much in way of accumulation, but some locations near the Wisconsin border could see up to an inch.
The wet weather will come to an end, likely as rain, Wednesday morning as milder conditions return ahead of a cold front. Highs will sit in the mid-40s far north, reaching into the low and mid-50s for areas south of Chicago before falling later in the afternoon.
Another round of light rain and snow could develop Wednesday evening, leaving anywhere from 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible by Thursday morning in areas north of Interstate 80.
Highs Thursday will only reach into the mid-30s, but wind chill values Thursday morning will dip into the teens in most locations. Heading into Friday, temperatures will struggle to reach freezing.
Highs bump into the low-40s Saturday, then fall again Sunday with a mix of rain and snow expected. Things only get worse starting Sunday night thanks to the passage of a powerful cold front.
Next week will see January-like temperatures as highs plunge into the 20s, struggling to reach near 30 degrees. And things could feel much colder depending on wind speed and wind chill values.