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Winter-like weather is headed to Chicago this week

Winter, as they say, is coming.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Have you pulled out your sweaters yet? If not, now might be a good time, because Chicago is likely to see its first glimpses of wintery weather this week—including the season’s first frost. 

AccuWeather forecasters reported Tuesday that a cold front is headed toward the Midwest this Thursday, with overnight temperatures in the low 30s expected for cities like Chicago, Milwaukee and Grand Rapids. The cold front may also bring lakeshore flooding to the South Side of Chicago and areas of southwestern Michigan, forecasters said. 

By Friday, the cold front will have expanded further to the Atlantic coast, and at this point, forecasters say Chicago is “likely” to see its first freeze of the season. What’s more, gusty winds (up to 30 miles per hour in certain areas) will make the cold weather feel even chillier. Still, don’t worry about snow—because the weather system originates in the drier interior region of Canada, precipitation is expected to be spotty and unlikely to move south into Chicago. 

Not ready to say goodbye to mild fall weather? You’re in luck, as forecasters say temps will rebound throughout much of the region heading into mid-October. In the meantime, bundle up and check out some of the best things to do indoors in Chicago.

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