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Mild temperatures this weekend to give way to snow and cold early next week

Bitterly cold temperatures return early next week after mild temperatures this weekend.
Bitterly cold temperatures return early next week after mild temperatures this weekend.
(Chicago Weather Examiner)

Chicagoans get to enjoy the next couple of days of comfortable weather as the winter chill takes a brief respite. High temperatures today across the region will climb into the mid 40s today and into the mid 40s to low 50s Saturday. The mild weather, however, won't last long beyond that.

A strong cold front or leading edge of arctic air is expected to penetrate the region on Sunday. Highs are expected to only make it to near 30 degrees.

With it will come the chance for a few snow showers. This next storm system associated with the Arctic air next week will come with limited moisture - hence nothing major in the way of accumulation is expected (2 inches or less).

The main story after Sunday will be the bitterly cold temperatures that will plagued the region. Highs only in the single digits with lows below zero and wind chills as low as -30 degrees both Monday and Tuesday.

New Years Day will begin to warm up slightly with highs in the teens before stronger southerly flow helps to rebound temperatures into the 20s and possibly 30s late next week.

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