UPDATE: Warming Trend Ahead! But 1-2 Inches Was About It For 'Big Snow'

UPDATE: Warming Trend Ahead! But 1-2 Inches Was About It For ‘Big Snow’

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 28, 2020).

The National Weather Service Chicago says most Kane County communities got 1 inch to 2 inches of snow from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning (Feb. 26, 2020). That’s a lot less than the 6-plus inches that we once thought might drop from the sky.

Commuters on Wednesday morning experienced some patchy snow-covered roads, especially east-to-west roads, and some slick conditions.

It’s relatively cold today, but now there’s  warming trend in the weekend and long-range forecasts.

5-Day Forecast

Here’s the five day forecast, including some much milder temperatures coming, especially Sunday!

Getting Warmer!

There is growing evidence pointing toward the first half of March featuring primarily above average temperatures.

While not every day will necessarily be above normal, it appears the milder than average days could significantly outnumber the colder than average days.

Forecasts beyond seven days out can be fraught with errors at times, but there is a pretty strong signal that we could see much above average temperatures the weekend March 8 and 9!

The average highs the first half of March rise from around 40 March 1 to the middle 40s by mid-March.

Lake Shore Flooding

One part of the forecast that hasn’t changed much since Monday is the significant lake shore flooding and erosion.

The worst conditions are expected late tonight into Wednesday evening. Waves of 8 feet to 14 feet are expected for Illinois waters and occasionally 16 feet to 18 feet.

For the latest forecasts, go to https://www.weather.gov/Chicago.

Additional NWS Resources

SOURCE: National Weather Service Chicago