SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 634 PM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ILZ006-014-022-010200- LAKE IL-COOK-WILL- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WAUKEGAN...CHICAGO...JOLIET 634 PM CDT FRI OCT 31 2014 ...WINTRY MIX CONTINUES THIS EVENING... LAKE EFFECT PRECIPITATION WILL CONTINUE TO SPILL INTO AREAS IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS THIS EVENING PRODUCING RAIN...SNOW AND SLEET. WHILE WARMER AIR WILL HELP MAINTAIN A RAIN AND SNOW MIX FOR AREAS IMMEDIATELY NEAR THE LAKE...A SNOW AND SLEET MIX WILL LIKELY BE OBSERVED FOR INLAND AREAS. EXPECT THIS TO CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY THIS EVENING...BEFORE A TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW OCCURS. ALTHOUGH ANY ACCUMULATIONS WILL REMAIN LIGHT AND MAINLY BE ON GRASSY SURFACES...VISIBILITY UNDER THE MORE INTENSE PRECIPITATION COULD BRIEFLY PROVIDE REDUCTIONS TO VISIBILITY.
My broomstick wasn't the only thing grounded on Friday, as wind gusts up to 75 mph caused flight cancellations at both Midway and O'Hare Airports, and high waves from Lake Michigan washed over Lake Shore Drive.
Temps were just above freezing, but wind chills were in the mid-20's.
Adding to the cold temperatures and gusty winds was the first measurable snow for the season. Hail was also reported. And even some sleet.
This rain-snow combination is also known as a wintry mix. Sort of like a fun-size candy bar, it sounds more fun than it is.
As I write this, the effect is eerie. Snow on piles of fallen leaves. Snow on late-season roses. Snow on Halloween spider webs. Ghosts blowing in the wind.
Streets are slippery and visibility is poor. Be careful out there.