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2020’s First Meteor Shower Will Peak This Weekend — But Snow Could Hide It In Chicago

It'll be chilly and snowy when the Quadrantid meteor shower peaks Friday night into Saturday morning.

A meteor shower.
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CHICAGO — Snow showers expected to hit the city on Friday night could hide this weekend’s meteor shower.

The Quadrantid meteor shower is visible annually this time of year, and it’s expected to peak late Friday into early Saturday.

But that’s the same time Chicago will get scattered, light showers of snow, said Charles Mott, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Less than half an inch of snow is expected, but that doesn’t mean the skies will be clear.

Seeing it is “gonna be tough,” Mott said. “With the light snow showers, we’re looking for cloudy skies Friday night.”

For those who do venture out, temperatures will dip to the upper 20s late Friday and winds will reach 5-10 mph, Mott said. The snow is expected to start after midnight.

Saturday will have mostly cloudy skies with more scattered snow showers in the morning, Mott said. Temperatures will hit the lower 30s.

Sunday will be partly sunny but windy with gusts up to 35 mph, Mott said. It will hit the mid-40s.