Forecast: Warmer Temps, Thunderstorms Ahead

Thunderstorms and rain showers are expected Thursday morning and isolated storms will continue into the afternoon as temps climb into the mid-40s

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014  |  Updated 9:40 PM CDT
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Brant Miller says the forecast is a good news, bad news situation.

Brant Miller says the forecast is a good news, bad news situation.

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There’s some good news and some not-so-good news in the Chicago-area forecast.

The good news is that the constant snow has taken a break for a few days and warmer temperatures are here.

The warming trend continues Wednesday's with high temperatures expected to approach 40 degrees, although conditions will remain breezy.

Then there’s the not-so-good news.

Models show rain will start to develop late Wednesday, potentially freezing during the overnight hours. Thunderstorms and rain showers are expected Thursday morning, and isolated storms will continue into the afternoon as temps climb into the mid-40s.

Things cool down quickly Thursday evening, possibly turning some rain showers into snow.

The higher temperatures follow a round of heavy snow that dropped several inches on the Chicago area Monday. By 6 p.m. Monday, O’Hare International Airport had recorded 4.7 inches of snow for the day, bringing the season’s total to 66.8 inches.

With a combination of melting snow and rain totals of up to an inch Thursday, flooding will be a threat for much of the metropolitan area.

Temperatures return to normal Friday and through the weekend, with highs expected to dip into the low to mid-20s and light snow showers possible.

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