It's been a long, frigid week, Chicago. But all that's coming to a temporary end over the weekend.
Tolerable highs reaching mid-30s are rolling into town on Saturday, and though this morning's temperatures remain pretty frosty, it's not nearly as cold as the past couple of days. We could even see highs of 25 degrees by this afternoon.
And that's not all. Mid- to upper 30s are expected to reach into early next week, hopefully chipping away at mounds of snow left over from last week's blizzard.
That means a major melt of all the snow, which has triggered flooding in the past. But a National Weather Service hydrologist told the Chicago Tribune that this is an ideal time for melting thanks to cool overnight temperatures controlling the water.
In the meantime, if you haven't shoveled your sidewalk, the city requires you to. According to a city ordinance, snow that falls after 4 p.m. should be cleared from sidewalks by 10 a.m. the next day.
The Sun-Times reports that in response to more than 470 sidewalk complaints called into 311, the city’s Transportation Department has sent out inspectors to remind people about the municipal code.