Halloween Wintry Mix

 

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.

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  • Cold and blowing so much that it blew an ad out of my grocery cart. Then it started snowing, and radar shows apparently from a lake effect plume.

    Also, I'm surprised you haven't noted Halloween as one of those Celtic (or whatever tribe) days of weather significance.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for stopping by on this cold and windy night Jack. Yes, I"m working on that post. In the meantime, here's the one I wrote last year....

  • It was kindof a bummer weather wise! Oh well, next year!

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