Rounds of gusty, chilly showers will pelt Chicagoland through the end of the week.
A storm hanging around over Minnesota and Wisconsin will drive colder air over northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana and southern Wisconsin through Friday.
While the Chicago area will escape the high winds being experienced over the northern and central Plains since Wednesday, enough wind with the showers may render umbrellas and covered bus stops useless.
Wind gusts can reach as high as 45 mph in some locations.
Although not cold enough for snow, in addition to the showers, some areas may be hit with a thunderstorm and small hail during the midday, afternoon and early evening hours.
The storm to the north with its wind, chill and showers will dissolve Friday night. The weather will trend warmer and more tranquil with at least partial sunshine in store both days.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain will continue to push eastward across the upper Gulf Coast and re-fire farther west in Texas into Monday night.
Temperatures are starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week in much of the Northeast.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be into early Monday morning.
Bouts of heavy rain will once again visit the Southeast this week, bringing the threat of flooding and travel delays.
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