Weather Alerts: Snowburst Monday? Cold (Maybe Snowy) Christmas Eve

Weather Alerts: Snowburst Monday? Cold (Maybe Snowy) Christmas Eve

Kane County has some potentially dangerous weather coming for Monday morning’s commute and for Thursday’s Christmas Eve.

We also have at least the potential for a white Christmas.

According to the National Weather Service Chicago, a Hazardous Weather Outlook is in place through Monday morning for Kane County and other portions of the Northern Illinois area.

The NWS says a fast-moving system is expected to bring a brief period of snow early Monday, with surface temperatures below freezing.

A coating to as much as one inch of snow will be possible with accumulations on elevated road surfaces such as bridges and overpasses which has the potential to create hazardous driving conditions for the Monday morning commute, mainly along and north of I-80.

Northwest winds are expected to gust to 40 mph late Monday morning and afternoon.

Below Freezing Christmas Eve

Be careful if you’re driving or out and about on Christmas Eve.

Per the NWS Chicago, rain may change to snow Wednesday night and into Thursday with some light accumulations and slippery travel possible.

Breezy northwest winds Thursday and Friday, combined with sharply colder temperatures, may cause wind chills to drop below zero, especially Thursday night and Friday morning.

White Christmas?

One of the things kids (and a lot of adults) find interesting is whether we’ll have a white Christmas.

This year, it’s a little hard to guess as the week begins.

The Thursday (Christmas Eve) forecast for Kane County, IL, calls for a chance of snow, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

If there’s enough snow for a coating, it should stick around for Christmas Day, when the forecast is mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

Christmas Weather History

Every year, the NWS Chicago puts out this great story about the history of Christmas weather in our area.

Here are the bullet-point highlights:

  • Normal High & Low Temperature for Christmas: 32 and 18 degrees
  • Warmest Christmas: 64 degrees in 1982
  • Coldest  Temperature on Christmas: -17 degrees in 1983
  • Coolest Christmas Daytime Temperature: -5 degrees in 1983
  • Warmest Christmas Nighttime Low Temperature:  46 degrees in 1936
  • Wettest Christmas: 0.50 inches in 1909 and 1950
  • Frequency of Measurable Precipitation on Christmas:  
    63 of 147 years (43%) Christmases had measurable precipitation
  • Snowiest Christmas: 5.1 inches in 1950
  • Frequency of Measurable Snowfall on Christmas:  
    45 of 135 years (39%) Christmases had measurable snowfall

Kane County Forecast

Monday — A chance of snow showers before 9am, then a slight chance of rain showers between 9am and noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday Night — Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tuesday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Wednesday — A 30 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy.

Wednesday Night — Rain likely before 1am, then a chance of rain and snow between 1am and 2am, then a chance of snow after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy.

Thursday — A chance of snow, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

Thursday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Christmas Day — Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.

Friday Night — Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

Saturday — Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

SOURCE: NWS Chicago