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Wild weather: Snow over Great Lakes, floods in Texas, wind damage in Illinois

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Staff Writer | October 21, 2018
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America   A very sharp cold front sent winds and snow through areas near Chicago, Ill.

With the exception of a day here and there, the overall weather pattern will remain chilly in the northeastern United States with opportunities for snow through the end of October.

Temperatures much of this week will average 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit below normal, AccuWeather says.

Typical highs in late October range from the upper 40s F in northern Maine to near 60 F in New York City and the middle 60s F in southeastern Virginia. With the wind blowing and other conditions, AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures will dip into the teens, 20s and 30s at times.

The pattern will bring snow showers over the Great Lakes and and may bring steady snow in parts of the central and northern Appalachians and perhaps closer to the coast, depending on the formation, track and strength of two storms.

The most significant blast of chilly air so far this season brought snow showers for the first time this autumn to many areas from the Upper Midwest to the interior Northeast this weekend.

Much of the region will get a little break from the harsh cold, wind, rain and snow showers on Monday.

Following a retreat of moisture, more rain will spread across Texas this week, and eventually reach areas along the Florida Gulf Coast still recovering from Hurricane Michael.

Over the recent week, portions of central Texas received one- to three-month's worth of rain. A number of locations, including Dallas and San Antonio, have already achieved their wettest autumn on record.

A press of dry and cool air from the north brought a welcome break from the downpours for many in the Lone Star State this weekend.

However, levels on Texas rivers and lakes hit by flooding will remain high.

As the downpours press southward, it is possible that a portion of the Rio Grande Valley, including Deep South Texas, may be at risk for some flooding problems. From 1 to 3 inches of rain is forecast in the lower Rio Grande Valley with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 6 inches from Sunday night to Monday.

Thus far, the lower Rio Grande Valley has been spared the heaviest rainfall and flooding problems. People in this region should be prepared for flash and urban flooding.

A very sharp cold front sent damaging winds and snow through areas near Chicago, Illinois.

"There were numerous reports of high winds and wind damage in and near Chicago Saturday afternoon between about 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. CDT," AccuWeather Meteorologist Frank Strait said.

Strait said 60-mph winds were reported at Midway Airport and in Romeoville. There was a gust to 61 mph in Rockford and at O’Hare International Airport. A 63-mph gust was reported in Michigan City, Indiana. The strongest wind reported was 65 mph in Somonauk, Illinois, Strait said.

There were many reports of downed trees or large tree branches. Some homes had siding damage.

"In a few instances, trees fell onto homes and caused serious damage. In other places, trees fell across roadways and this disrupted traffic flow," Strait said.


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