As of Thursday afternoon, Skow said temperatures had already dropped to 16 degrees with a wind-chill reading of minus 4 degrees.
About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O'Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for January 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. Skies are expected to generally be clear. At night, there will be a low of around 35 degrees.
Friday, widespread, steady rain takes over as temperatures gradually fall from the 50s and 40s into this afternoon with a south wind gusting up to 30 miles per hour. As a clipper type low move in, we'll have clouds, snow showers and cold temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs on Saturday will be 20 to 30 degrees lower than today's highs, and will likely be reached early in the day with temperatures holding steady or falling through the day.
By the time it's over, as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall across central and southern counties, with higher amounts forecast for northern counties.
A Flood Watch is in effect for Connecticut Friday into Saturday afternoon for the potential for poor drainage flooding, urban flooding and possibly river flooding too.
The rain is forecast to continue through Saturday morning, and freezing temperatures could then turn the precipitation into a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow.
The weather will also revert back to freezing conditions this weekend, with no more 50-degree temperatures on the horizon for a while. "The rain is going to be [Friday]".