Despite recent cold air, a warmup is in store for Chicago right in time for the first official day of spring.
Temperatures began to rise Tuesday, reaching into the high 40s, low 50s, where they will remain through Saturday.
Overnight temperatures will still be chilly with lows ranging in the 20s and 30s.
For the first official day of spring on Thursday, March 20, 2014, the air will feel a bit warmer than Wednesday, as temperatures hover in the upper-40s. Partly sunny skies should make outdoor activities bearable for those outside celebrating the end of winter.
For the end of the week, a shower may dampen the area on Friday, but temperatures are forecast to reach the mid-50s.
However, temperatures will retreat back into the 30s by the end of the weekend.
Matthew has become a hurricane in the Caribbean and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Hurricane Matthew will threaten the western and central Caribbean with flooding rain, damaging winds and an inundating storm surge early next week.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday night, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
Millions of people across the U.S. could be exposed to drinking water contaminated with chemicals from firefighting foam, according to a recent study.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
Central and Western NY (1991)
Record cold morning; Buffalo, had 32 degrees, tying the all-time September low. Syracuse dropped to 28 degrees, breaking the old record of 32 set in 1942. Albany hit 28, erasing the 29-degree mark of 1951. Other lows (not official records) included: 21 degrees at Angelica, 22 at Watertown, 24 at Ithaca and 25 at Elmira.
Johnstown, PA (1993)
Light snow in the city did not accumulate but up to 3" accumulated at the airport.
Goldsboro, NC (1999)
30" of rain in September.