Freezing temperatures in the Chicago area Thursday morning will have residents reaching for their coats.
A freeze warning was issued across virtually all of northern Illinois until 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Early morning temperatures were forecast to dip into the mid- to upper-20s in areas north of Chicago and near 30 degrees in east central Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The downtown Chicago area looks to reach into the mid-30s.
Vegetation could be damaged by the freezing weather with patchy frost also possible, NWS said.
Conditions will improve slightly throughout the day Thursday, with highs rising in the low-50s.
Temperatures don’t look to recover much with highs staying well below-average for the rest of the week and weekend.
Friday looks to stay sunny, with temperatures staying in the 50s. Light showers are possible during the evening hours before even colder temps move in Saturday.
Highs will sit in the mid- to upper-40s Saturday. Temps rise into the mid- to upper-50s again Sunday, where they will likely stay for much of next week.