Meteorological winter begins December 1. Astronomical winter is less than 2 weeks away. The winter solstice will be on December 21.
Now is the time of the earliest sunsets of the year in Chicago--4:19 pm, from December 2-13.
Now is also the season of bare branches and red berries, milkweed pods scattering seeds to the wind. But there are buds on the branches that will be next spring's magnolias and lilacs.
Wednesday high temperatures may reach the mid-50's. Chicago could see snow on Saturday. How much snow? According to Accu-Weather, it will depend on the storm track. A shift of 25 miles can make a difference between a dusting and serious shoveling! You can read the forecast here.
Even though the forecast is uncertain at this time, snow is coming.
And it's not too early to think about what to wear in cold weather. Let the cheerful graphic above, and your closet be your guide. Now is the time to re-discover the joys of old things, those old favorite sweaters, hats and gloves!