Those not looking forward to winter weather may want to take advantage of the weekend as wintry conditions are on the way.
After late-week temperatures in the 40s, highs will reach the upper 50s Saturday under a partly sunny sky. It will be breezy, however, with southwesterly winds of 15-25 mph.
Winds will become northwesterly Sunday and mark the beginning of a downward temperature trend.
By Monday, highs in Chicagoland will be in the low to middle 40s then fall into the 30s Tuesday. A couple of snow flurries or snow showers may accompany the cold Tuesday.
After a cooler-than-normal summer 2014, the Northeast can anticipate more 90-degree days. Meanwhile, drought conditions will expand in the West.
Early indications suggest that the first tropical system of 2015 could spin up off the southern Atlantic Coast of the United States later this week.
Parts of this week will feel more like summer across the Midwest and Northeast with the warmest days of 2015 set to unfold.
Thunderstorms are set to return to the Plains for the first week of May following a relatively quiet end to April.
Severe winter weather played a major role in paltry U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of 2015, but hopes are high for an increase in spring and summer sales in regions that were gripped by a long winter.
10"-20" of snow in the higher elevations (3rd-4th). (3.1" of snow in December).
Philadelphia, PA (1774)
"The houses this morning are all covered with snow" (source unknown). (As much as 4").
Bradford, PA (1803)
Snowstorm in northwestern PA with 4-6" at Bradford.