The cold front moves through the Chicago area on Thursday

through: WGN-TV Weather Team



  • The cold front moves across the IL/WI boundary around noon and reaches far south of Chicago around 6pm
  • North Chicago – Temps in the 70’s through late morning, dropping through the 60’s/50’s into the 40’s
  • Southern Section – Temps fall from the early afternoon 70’s through the 60’s to the 50’s
  • NNE wind 15 to 30 mph
  • Clouds and a few scattered showers possible, especially near Lake Michigan

Thursday Temperature Timeline – O’Hare International Airport

  • Cold front passage around 2 p.m. – wind shifts from SW to NNE
  • Temps rise to low 70s before the front, steady drop in temps after the frontal passage.

Friday set-up: Chicago bathed in cold air from Northern Canada

  • The N Current pulls cold air from northern Canada into the Great Lakes/Chicago area
  • Warm air pushed farther south—from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf Coast states

Thursday-Friday Lake Michigan Wave Heights

NNE winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour are expected to create waves on Lake Michigan Thursday through Friday

Click to enlarge The cold front moves through the Chicago area on Thursday

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