ILLINOIS — As the holiday approaches, some snow is expected and freezing temperatures are forecast for Christmas Eve. Temperatures will be fairly mild in the start of the week, before it turns colder on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service.
A burst of snow may affect the Monday morning commute, the weather service said. Snow is expected between 3 and 8 a.m. on Monday, mainly along and north of I-80.
Tuesday will be dry, but Wednesday will again have a chance of snow and rain. Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week with a high of 53 degrees.
Rain will turn to snow on Wednesday and possibly continue into Thursday morning. According to the weather service, wind chills will be between 0 and 10 degrees during the day, and below zero wind chills are expected Christmas Eve night.
Here is a more detailed look at the weather for this week, with a forecast from the National Weather Service:
MONDAY: Rain and snow likely before noon, then a slight chance of rain between noon and 3 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
WEDNESDAY: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: A chance of rain before 8 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., then a chance of snow after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
THURSDAY: A slight chance of snow before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 26.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.