50-Degree Relief After Frigid Week

Temps are expected to climb into the upper 40s by early afternoon

By Lisa Balde
|  Thursday, Jan 5, 2012  |  Updated 11:04 PM CDT
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Get ready for a warm burst.

After clocking in the coldest morning and biggest snow of the year so far, parts of the area on Thursday could see temperatures reaching 50-51 degrees. That's right, a spring-like 50.

Chicagoans will need a coat in the morning to be comfortable, but temps are expected to climb into the upper 40s by early afternoon.

Even better news: These unseasonably highs aren't going anywhere for a couple days.

On Friday, temperatures are expected to once again climb into the upper 40s and low 50s. Saturday hangs in there with sunny skies and highs in the 40s.

Sunday tapers off with upper 30s before rebounding on Monday back into the 40s.

What a difference a week makes. On Monday, a fast-moving snow storm caused morning spinouts and two multiple-car accidents on Lake Shore Drive, temporarily shutting down the Chicago roadway.

Chicago's Department of Streets & Sanitation dispatched 183 salt trucks to handle ice-covered streets.

"Just be careful. It's very, very difficult out there," Streets and San Commissioner Tom Byrne said. "Even with salt, it's still slippery and wet. Drive carefully. A fender bender can turn into a 20-car accident."

That won't be concern in Chicago, at least for the next few days.

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