50-Degree Highs Expected Tuesday

One year after the Blizzard of 2011, highs could top 50 degrees

By Lisa Balde
|  Monday, Jan 30, 2012  |  Updated 8:17 AM CDT
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What a difference a ... year makes.

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Chicago's third largest snowfall, the city prepares for the opposite of blizzard-like conditions.

Following brief snowfall over the weekend, temperatures could reach an unseasonably 49 degrees Monday as morning clouds break for sunshine. By Tuesday the mercury could peak at 53.
 
The National Weather Service predicts some light rain Tuesday morning and throughout the day. Though cloudy, temperatures remain summery, and southern Illinois temps could even reach 60 degrees.

Mild conditions continue Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and highs near 42. Those temperatures hold Thursday and Friday headed into the weekend, though some light snow is possible Friday night.

Highs hang in the high 30s Saturday and Sunday.

A year ago Feb. 2, about 23 inches fell onto Chicago, shutting down Lake Shore Drive and disabling much of the city. So far this year the largest snowfall has dumped about eight inches.

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