It was cold Monday morning! Low temperatures fell anywhere between -11° and -17° over Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin with wind chills as low as -33°. Thankfully full sun helped warm temperatures into the mid teens by the afternoon. Still cold, but a far cry from where we started off the day.
South winds between 10 and 20 mph will continue into Tuesday morning. Blowing snow did occur primarily on east/west roads Monday afternoon and with winds still staying strong into Tuesday morning, this could create a few slick spots where the snow has slightly drifted over the road.
The south winds will also keep our temperatures from dropping like they did Sunday night. Temperatures will drop down to about 8 or 9 degrees Monday evening before rising into the low to mid teens by Tuesday morning. This 'warmer' start will help boost afternoon highs into mid 20's Tuesday. Temperatures will continue to warm closer to 'seasonable' with highs reaching the low 30's by the end of the week. It's even possible we could reach the middle 30's for Christmas (or warmer) ahead of what looks to be a pretty strong storm system that will move through the Midwest. More on that coming up in a later post. So if you're tired of the extreme cold, don't worry, things are looking up from here.