High Temps on Tap

Temperatures as high as 65-70 are on expected for the Chicago area on St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011  |  Updated 3:40 PM CDT
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Talk about the luck of the Irish.

St. Patrick could bring Chicago the warmest day we've seen all year.

Unseasonably mild temperatures become warmer Thursday afternoon, reaching as high as 65-70 degrees, NBC's Andy Avalos says.

We probably won't match the 74-degree high Chicago saw for St. Pat's two years ago, though. Clouds are expected this afternoon, as well as a few isolated showers possible in the evening.

Temps will cool off over the weekend, and Monday should see 60 again and some thunderstorms.

Warm weather spurred a rise of shootings on Wednesday, officials told the Chicago Tribune. At least eight people were shot in separate incidents, the first after 4 p.m. in the 5100 block of South Calumet Avenue.

One of the shootings resulted in a police chase on Dan Ryan and Bishop Ford expressways. Three suspects were taken into custody.
 

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