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The Windy City

The Windy City

Despite its nickname, Chicago is not the windiest major metropolitan area in the United States: That distinction actually belongs to Boston. Sunday surely lived up to the billing as the wind gusted ferociously around campus. A weather station on the top of the Green Building clocked a wind gust of 62 mph (100 kph) just after 4 p.m. Associated with this gust was a intense snow squall that also produced a short bout of lightning and thunder. This fickle weather was associated with an arctic front that blasted through the area dropping temperatures quicker than a piano falling from Baker House freezing any wet surface from earlier in the day.

After another cold start this morning, temperatures will begin to rebound as the flow turns southerly ahead of the next weather system. Precipitation may begin as a period of snow early Wednesday morning, but will change to rain and come down heavily at times during the day. Temperatures will again fall after the storm, but not to the bitingly cold degree as we’ve just experienced.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Light snow changing to rain by dawn. Low 27°F (-3°C).

Tomorrow: Rain, heavy at times. High 40°F (4°C).

Tomorrow night: Rain ending and tapering to flurries, then clearing. Low 27°F (-3°C).

Thursday: Sunny. High 37°F (3°C).