Rain to Return Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday for Chicago Area

The Chicago area could get a brief break from the incoming rain and wet conditions just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

After a mostly clear and cold morning, Monday saw beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Although seasonably chilly, afternoon highs hovered in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Clouds gradually increase heading into the evening hours Monday and temperatures quickly fall off when the sun sets temperatures, dipping into the low mid 20s inland. Areas in the city and along the lakefront will stay in the low to mid 30s, potentially even rising a few degrees by dawn.

Partial sunshine will start the day Tuesday, with highs in the mid 40s, but clouds quickly thicken throughout the morning and afternoon hours as a system approaches from the west.

Tuesday evening brings the first chance for spotty showers, increasing to moderate to heavy rainfall overnight and into Wednesday morning.

Rain showers continue throughout the day Wednesday. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer reaching the upper 40s, but gusty winds are expected as the system passes overhead.

Finally, relief from the wet conditions comes for Thanksgiving.

Early morning clouds will break Thursday, turning seasonably cool and sunny for the holiday. Highs hover in the mid to upper 40s.

Rain returns Friday for a cloudy, damp and chilly end to the week with scattered showers at times. Temperatures remain in the mid 40s.

The weekend will be sunny and mild.

Saturday is expected to be partly sunny and seasonably cool, with highs in the upper 40s. Sunday will be windy and milder as temperatures slightly warm to near 50 degrees.

But the dry and comfortable conditions could be short-lived.

Looking ahead to the start of next week, models show another inbound system that could bring steadier and more moderate to heavy rainfall.

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