Chicago Expects Wet Morning, Wind Gusts and Cooler Temperatures; Lake Michigan Boaters Warned

Chicago Expects Wet Morning, Wind Gusts and Cooler Temperatures; Lake Michigan Boaters WarnedSource: X/NWS Chicago
Richard M. Sullivan
Published on December 09, 2023

Chicagoans are bracing for a change in weather as early showers give way to cooler, drier skies over the windy city. According to the National Weather Service's forecast, today will have a 40 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m., after which temperatures are expected to fall to around 42 degrees by the late afternoon. Residents should prepare for west winds pushing 16 to 18 mph and gusts that could hit as high as 30 mph.

As nighttime descends upon Chicago, the skies will turn mostly cloudy, and temperatures are predicted to drop to around 32 degrees, with persistent west winds of about 15 mph, occasionally gusting up to 23 mph, the National Weather Service reported. This onset of cooler weather also heightens the potential for "hazardous conditions for small craft" on Lake Michigan into next week.

Sunday won't bring much relief, as mostly cloudy conditions loom and a high near 36 degrees is expected, with west-northwest winds ranging from 10 to 15 mph. By Sunday night, however, the clouds are set to clear, giving way to a calmer low around 25 degrees, which sets the tone for a sunny but cool week ahead with day highs lingering near 40 degrees, CBS Chicago indicates.

Boaters on Lake Michigan should take particular note as the Hazardous Weather Outlook warns of conditions that could challenge small crafts from Sunday through Tuesday. Despite the turbulent start to the week, Chicago will see an uptick in temperatures by Friday, with a partly sunny forecast and a high edging closer to 47 degrees.