(MCT) — The balmy weekend turned into a frigid Monday as a cold front blew into the Chicago area with gusting winds of more than 50 mph and scattered snow flurries.
Sunday's temperatures soared to 70 degrees, making it the city’s warmest Veterans Day since 1964. Just as quickly, overnight temperatures plunged into the 30s as a cold rain and strong west winds sent the mercury on a steep decline, according to the Chicago Weather Center.
Many places in Iowa and western Illinois reported a changeover to snow Sunday afternoon and evening, and some parts of the Chicago area saw the season's first snowflakes overnight.
While snowfall was not reported in the city of Chicago, several areas outside the city had traces of light snow, said Kevin Birk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville.
The snow did not accumulate.
Monday’s daytime highs should not climb out of the 30s -- the equivalent of a calendar change from late September to early December. To add to the day’s wintry feel, a few afternoon snow flurries are possible.
But with temperatures expected to pick up later this week and stay moderate for several weeks, Birk predicted the region would see little snow through the first week in December.
On Sunday, lakefront temperatures topped out at 69, with O’Hare International Airport hitting 70 degrees at 2 p.m. — short of the record of 74 degrees set in 1964. By 6 p.m., temperatures had dropped to 54 degrees at O'Hare, and by 9 p.m. to 53 degrees at the lakefront.
The Chicago area was under a wind advisory until 8 p.m., as wind gusts up to 51 mph hit, including off Chicago’s lakefront at the Harrison-Dever water crib and at the Weather Service station in Romeoville.