The longest cold snap in more than 80 years around Chicago area likely to end today with another drop in temperature expected by Thursday night
As is often the case, there’s good and bad news when it comes to the weather in Chicago.
First, the bad news: Chicago tied a record Saturday for its nearly two-week-long cold snap, meteorologists said.
The good news is the weather is expected to start warming up dramatically on Sunday, putting an end to the longest cold snap in more than 80 years.
Charles Mott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chicago, early on Saturday said it was unlikely the temperature Saturday would get above 20, which would tie a record of 12 days of temperatures that haven’t gotten out of the teens.
Many days the thermometer has registered only single digits and even below zero.
The high Saturday at O’Hare was expected to be no more than 14 degrees.
Getting above 20? "It’s not going to happen," Mott said.
"It would be nice, I would love to be wrong, but … for that to happen, the forecasters would have to miss big.
They usually don’t miss that big," he said.
Christmas Day was the last time the mercury rose above 20 degrees, according to the weather service. By staying so cold, Chicago tied the current record of 12 days in a row of temperatures below 20 degrees, which has happened only twice before since records have been kept, in 1936 and 1895.
On Saturday, the temperature was expected to be highest sometime between 2 and 3 p.m., Mott said, as it is a day with more sun than clouds.