Updated: November 11, 2012 7:03PM
A wind advisory will be in effect from until 8 p.m. Sunday for Chicago, the surrounding suburbs and northwest Indiana, with sustained winds of 30 to 39 miles per hour and gusts up to 57 miles per hour are likely, the National Weather Service said.
Despite Sunday’s unseasonably warm temperature, which reached 68 degrees by midday, the wind will be followed by a cold front early Sunday evening that could even bring snow or sleet to the suburbs overnight and highs in only the 30s Monday.
Rain is expected to develop here just prior to the 7:20 p.m. kickoff, with thunderstorms possible. By the fourth quarter, much-colder air will move in, with temperatures falling through the 40s, according to Accuweather.
Even during Sunday afternoon’s mild temperatures, the strong winds could result in damage like downed tree limbs and power lines, the NWS said. Driving may be difficult, especially on east to west highways, the NWS said. Motorists are advised to be alert and use caution.
A cold front which brought blizzard conditions to the northern Plains will track through Chicago late Sunday evening, bringing a rain and even some snow overnight, Accuweather said. Winds out ahead of this front are already gusting to near 40 mph and these winds will continue into tonight.
On the drive home from the game, residents in the western suburbs could even experience a brief changeover to wet snow or sleet, Accuweather said.
The snow or sleet could arrive in Chicago overnight, before drier air moves in by sunrise Monday.