In classic Chicago fashion, the area is expected to experience freezing cold temperatures to start the weekend, followed by a dose of springtime warmth and sunshine in the days ahead.
On Saturday, the city will dye the Chicago River green and the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its triumphant return after being canceled due to COVID last year, but the festivities will be marked by sub-zero temperatures and conditions windy.
Forecast models predict that an arctic air mass is set to move into the Chicago area early in the weekend, sending wind chills dropping to between 5 and 15 degrees below zero early Saturday morning.
Temperatures are only expected to climb into the mid-20s in the city to hit highs on Saturday, well below their seasonal averages, and when paired with the wind, things will be downright freezing for those celebrating the holidays.
Luckily for Chicago-area residents, some relief is on the horizon.
Windy conditions are expected again on Sunday, but high temperatures will be significantly warmer, climbing into the 50s across the region.
Daylight saving time also begins on Sunday, which means the clocks move forward one hour, marking more than a full week before the start of spring.
The week could start to look like spring, however, with temperatures expected to continue to climb into the 60s in Chicago by Wednesday, accompanied by partly sunny skies.