The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team has Chicago right in the middle of where the worst of winter 2011-2012's snow and cold is expected to be.
"Last winter was nasty in Chicago. This winter could be just as bad," warned AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck.
This will make it the fifth winter in a row with snowfall well above normal and temperatures well below average for the city. The last time there were this many back-to-back winters with snowfall well above normal was in the 1970s.
Last year's winter was certainly rough. Most notable was the historic blizzard that hammered the city on the first two days of February, dumping more than 20 inches of snow in just 24 hours. The storm forced hundreds of people who became stuck on Lakeshore Drive to abandon their vehicles.
Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather.com Expert Long-Range Meteorologist and leader of the Long-Range Forecasting Team, said this winter will be similar to last year, in terms of both snow and cold.
"The difference, though, is that last year, Chicago was hit with heavy snow later in the season. This year, it will be earlier," Pastelok explained.
He added, "They had one big storm last year that brought their snowfall to well above average. This year, there could be several big ones."
Bitter cold is also expected to come on strong early in the season during December. Temperatures are forecast to remain below normal into January, then perhaps trend a bit closer to average in February.
(Average is 39 inches; Years with above-normal snowfall are in bold):
Following a chilly start to the week, warmer weather and sunshine will make a return to the Chicago area over the next several days.
A brief period of tranquil weather will occur across the United Kingdom and neighboring northern Europe during the middle of the week.
The weather pattern that delivered drenching rain and flooding to Texas and the southern Plains during May will soak the Southeast states for the next week or two.
Accompanying the start of Meteorological Summer will be wet weather and the risk of flooding in the Northeast as well as unseasonably cool conditions in New England.
The month of June is underway and will begin with seasonable weather for the Bay Area.
The month of June is underway and will begin with seasonable weather for the Los Angeles area.
Philadelphia, PA (1998)
A tornado in northeast Philadelphia; one building collapsed and houses were unroofed, windows blown out of parked cars.
New Haven, CT (1812)
Latest blossoming of apple trees during this period (1794/1985).
Eastern Great Lakes (1843)
Snow fell and whitened the ground at Cleveland, OH, and Buffalo and Rochester, NY.