CHICAGO — After a weekend that saw temperatures hit 80 degrees, short-lived springlike temperatures reverted back to winter weather as snow hit the city Monday morning and again in the evening.
As flurries drifted through Downtown, the National Weather Service predicted up to an inch of snow could fall Monday evening. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 20s Monday night.
Light rain turned into snow flurries early Monday morning when temperatures dropped from 59 degrees to 42 degrees in less than an hour, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Amy Seeley.
The mixed precipitation should continue during the afternoon commute, and drivers should see slush accumulating on roads and possibly on the grass. Less than an inch of snowfall is expected, Seeley said.
"It's not that unusual we've had snow on a number of occasions in April but it's never accumulated over an inch," Seeley said,
She said the latest accumulation of snow on record in Chicago was on April 18, 2011, when a little over a half inch fell on the city.
"But hopefully, this will be the last of the snow we get hit with," Seeley said.
While snow is not expected to return for the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to drop to the 20s Monday night and stay there Tuesday before reaching the 40s again Wednesday. The lowest temperature for April 15 was in 1943 when Chicago hit a low of 25 degrees, Seeley said.
Wednesday should be partly sunny with a high of 52 degrees and winds that could reach up to 35 mph.