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Enjoy highs in 40s on Monday, but button up for frigid temps, snow later this week

Updated: February 18, 2013 7:29AM



Warm Monday temperatures will likely give way to a strong wind-chill as an incoming cold front settles over the Chicago region this week, making outdoor temperatures feel like they are in the single digits.

“The big story is falling temps and gusty winds,” said Mike Bardou, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Romeoville.

While rainfall and temperatures in the 40s are expected Monday, by Tuesday frosty weather will ride in on 30 mph wind gusts.

High temps are expected in the 20s for much of the week, but the strong winds will make it feel like it’s in the single digits, Bardou said.

There’s also the possibility of snow Thursday evening, when an incoming wet system from the Rockies will run into the frigid air.

“At this point it doesn’t look to be heavy accumulation. Several inches is not out of the question,” Bardou said. “Then we’ll have drizzle that will likely freeze on the snow.”

What’s worse, any snowfall could turn to slush as rising weekend temperatures climb above the freezing point, Bardou said.

Though he cautioned, “Certainly there’s time for things to change.”



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