Currently in Chicago— March 16th 2022

The weather, currently.

Warming well into the 60s on Wednesday.

Takeaways for Chicago's weather:

1. Windy & Warmer Wednesday

2. Wet End To The Week

3. Saturday Snowfall?

Gusty southwest winds will combine with some sunshine on Wednesday to push highs well into the 60s. A 70°F high south of I-80 can’t be ruled out. Mostly cloudy Thursday with a little light rain and upper 50s for highs. We fall into the 40s on Friday with rain at times. That rain could end as snow early Saturday.  Models aren’t in agreement yet as to the amounts. One suggests we might need a shovel while the other suggests a scraper. Any snow won’t last long as highs bounce back into the lower 50s Saturday and 60s on Sunday. — Tim McGill

What you need to know, currently.

People across Spain stepped outside to an orange sky and cars covered in dust early this week. The dust traveled all the way from the Sahara desert, brought over by strong jet stream winds.

The dust, combined with rains from storm Celia led to what people in Spain are describing as “raining mud”. The air quality across Spain reached “dangerous” levels today, March 15.

“It is causing views more typical of the planet Mars,” said Currently’s Madrid meteorologist, Emilio Rey. “The air quality was the worst on the entire planet this Wednesday, and the risk for the elderly, children, and people with respiratory problems is extreme.”

Climate change is making dust storms in the Sahara more intense, largely because of extended periods of drought.