Tax Day will bring some taxing weather

This is not a belated April Fool's joke.

Our weather is about to take a decided turn for the worst.

After enjoying several days with highs flirting with 80 degrees, it's all going to come crashing down on us today with a decided tilt back toward winter-like conditions.

First things first. It's been raining overnight, and likely will continue to rain for much of the day, with a steady, driving rain due to arrive after lunch.

For the first part of the day, temperatures will remain in the 60s, before the bottom falls out tonight.

Temperatures are expected to plunge tonight, and we're actually looking at the possibility of a freeze warning overnight.

Some places actually could descend into the upper 20s before things start to warm up again tomorrow.

Don't pay much attention to the TV types who simply can't resist the opportunity to suggest we have a chance of snow.

It's not likely to happen around here. Any flurries that fall will likely be confined to the Poconos and other parts farther north and west of here.

You won't need a coat for the drive to work, but you very well could need one - along with a slicker and umbrella - for the ride home tonight. As all this warm and cold air collide this afternoon, there is a chance of thunderstorms.

Tomorrow morning we'll be looking at a brisk 32 degrees, with some northern and western suburbs descending into the 20s. We'll struggle to hit 50 degrees on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Wednesday, from 2 a.m.-9 a.m. They're warning that cold weather could threaten outdoor plants. So if you've done any early planting, you might want to either bring them inside or at least cover them up.

April is half over today. It's the day we pay our taxes.

And it apparently is the day we continue to pay for one of the worst winters on record.

Luckily, it's a one-day ordeal. Then maybe we can get on with spring.