60s just a day away, then chill takes the stage


Despite clouds Chicago’s high temperatures should peak in the middle 50s Tuesday, about 10 degrees above normal for November 20th. With this unseasonably mild air mass in place, winds becoming southerly during the day on Wednesday, along with the return of sunshine – conditions are ripe for 60-degree readings, just the third to occur this month. More of the same should occur Thanksgiving Day, even though clouds will be on the increase as a cold front approaches from the west.


Chilly Black Friday


Early Friday the cold front will swing through northeast Illinois. Gusting northwest winds will pull cold Canadian-source air into the Chicago area. Readings will fall into the 30s during the day with wind chills in the 20s. The cold will last through Saturday before temperatures return to seasonal normal levels Sunday.


Pacific Northwest pounded


Weather systems are hitting the Pacific Northwest on almost a daily basis – each surge dumping copious 2 to 5-inch rains triggering extensive flooding, while snow builds up at a rate of one to two-inches per hour over higher elevations of Washington and Oregon. Hurricane-force winds pounded coastal areas on Monday. Peak gusts reached 99 mph at Cannon Beach, 73 mph at Warrenton and 67 mph at South Beach, all in Oregon.  Another front was expected to strike Tuesday night and Wednesday.