Rapid Chicago Thaw Brings Freezing Rain, Major Melt - NBC Chicago

Rapid Chicago Thaw Brings Freezing Rain, Major Melt

As of Friday morning, Chicago and its suburbs were already 25 to 30 degrees warmer than just 24 hours earlier.

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    Chicago just made it through one of the metro area's all-time coldest periods on record, but we're not out of the woods yet.

    First, the good news: As of Friday morning, Chicago and its suburbs were already 25 to 30 degrees warmer than just 24 hours earlier. The warming trend will continue throughout the day, likely reaching the upper teens to 20 degrees on Friday with very light winds.

    Saturday's temperatures are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 30s with more wind, then low-to-mid 40s on Sunday.

    Monday still looks like the warmest day of the three as parts of the area could reach the low 50s.

    With warmer weather, though, comes potential dangers on roadways.

    Moisture in the atmosphere on Saturday will produce mainly overcast skies with areas of fog, as well as freezing drizzle or light freezing rain at times. 

    Despite temperatures rising above freezing, actual surface temperatures will still be below freezing. This could create slick, hazardous driving conditions.

    It will pose less on an issue by Sunday thanks to warmer conditions. Keep an eye out for a brief period of rain and snow late Monday as a cold front sweeps through the area.

    A colder trend settles in for the rest of the week with more typical temps for early February.

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