A forecast for potentially record-breaking temperatures in the mid to upper 90s prompted some school closings and early dismissals Tuesday.
Area police reported few problems on the roads overnight and early Friday morning after snow fell across the region.
A wind advisory is in effect with wind gusts of 50 mph whipping through the region.
A winter storm is expected to sock the region Sunday with more than a quarter of an inch of ice.
The region's first blast of brutal winter air arrived early Tuesday morning, with wind chills dipping to 15 degrees below zero.
The latest first snowfall of the season in Chicago-area history is set to fall this afternoon with the arrival of a winter storm that forecasters say could cause blizzard-like conditions near the Lake Michigan shoreline in Lake and Porter counties.
Forecasters are warning of the potential for a major winter storm that could leave as much as half a foot of snow on the ground Thursday, create hazardous driving conditions and impact air travel in Chicago.
The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for the region.
The region could get a brief but potentially dangerous reprieve from the drought this afternoon and evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the region from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, with temperatures expected to hover around 100.
Temperatures are again expected to dip below the freezing mark Wednesday night into Thursday morning, prompting a freeze watch for the region.
Below freezing temperatures forecast for overnight have triggered a freeze watch for the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region, with gusts of up to 55 mph possible.
Strong winds, severe thunderstorms and hail could whip through the region this afternoon, forecasters said.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the region from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with wind gusts of up to 50 mph possible.
The snow falling across the region could cause some travel problems today, but forecasters are warning Friday could be much worse.
CHICAGO | Forecasters with the National Weather Service are predicting the season's first accumulation snow could come Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the region.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning and a thunderstorm watch for areas in northwestern Indiana.
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