Currently in Chicago — November 17th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Our unseasonable cold pattern continues through the weekend.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Coldest Air Of Season So Far

2. Some Shots At Light Snow

3. “Warmer” By Early Next Week

Our unseasonable cold pattern continues through the weekend. Highs Thursday will hit the middle 30s, fall into the upper 20s Friday and Saturday and then dip into just the middle 20s Sunday. Some lights snow or flurries Thursday and a little light snow Saturday afternoon but little accumulation expected. We warm back to near 40 Monday but even that is below average.  Tuesday will see highs hit the lower 40s.

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What you need to know, currently.

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California Wildfires

The strongest Santa Ana winds of the season are fueling wildfires across Southern California. A fire in Fontana was spurred by these winds Tuesday night.

Just last week, wet and chilly winter weather seemed to bring fire season to a close. November, however, had other plans. The Santa Ana winds are forecasted to subside Wednesday evening.

According to Currently’s chief meteorologist Megan Montero, “A large difference in pressure across the Great Basin and California will lead to strong Santa Ana winds in southern California through Wednesday evening.”

High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued for the Transverse Ranges until Wednesday night. Wind speeds as high as 104 MPH were reported in Los Angeles County.

Climate change has made states like California vulnerable to wildfires almost all year. Californians should be cautious with ignition sources while we wait for the winds to die down.

For more wildfire safety tips check out our Wildfire Explainer.

What you can do, currently.