First, some good news: The Winter Storm Watch and Winter Storm Warning issued Monday by the National Weather Service are well to the east of us, in the Michiana snow belts. That area could see periods of heavy snow and strong winds with whiteout conditions at times from late Monday through Wednesday morning.
Bad news (for those who don't like cold): A strong cold front settles in Monday afternoon across the Chicago area, dropping daytime highs from the mid-to-upper 30s to the teens.
By Monday night, most areas likely will see nighttime low temperatures in the teens with the exception of Chicago and northwest Indiana, where temps could reach 20.
And then it gets colder.
Strong winds between 15 and 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph will create wind chill readings near zero.
Though Tuesday highs could reach the low 20s, strong winds continue, creating wind chill readings in the single digits.
Remember the other bit of good news? That comes closer to the weekend.
While temperatures struggle to get to the low 30s for the rest of the week, Saturday is expected to be breezy and milder with highs in the low 40s.
The 40-degree trend continues Sunday, expected to be partly sunny and pleasant for the season.