Chicago area hit with a week of wild weather

Just about any type of weather you can think of is in the forecast for the week ahead with record warmth,  a threat of severe storms and potentially flooding rains, followed by a blast of arctic air and the chance for measurable snowfall.

A damp, dreary and mild Monday is expected to turn stormy Monday night.

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A pedestrian crosses W. Wrightwood Ave. at N. Kedzie Ave. in Chicago’s Logan Square on a mild Monday morning, Jan. 28, 2013. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

Showers and thunderstorms are likely overnight and into early Tuesday morning.  After spending Monday in the upper 40s, Tuesday’s temperatures will really take off.  Breezy south winds will help push temperatures into the low 60s as we see a lull in our wet weather during the day Tuesday.  If the forecast verifies it will break the record high of 59 degrees.

Late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening another round of thunderstorms, some potentially severe, are forecast to move through the region.  These storms could bring 1-2” of rainfall and possible flooding.

Behind the cold front responsible for the severe weather threat our temperatures will tumble.  A wintry mix Wednesday morning is expected to change to all snow as temperatures fall through the day.  An inch or two of snow is possible.

The coldest air of the week comes Thursday and Friday.  Breezy conditions will make Thursday’s high in the upper teens feel even colder.  Overnight lows could approach zero Friday morning.  Highs once again are forecast in the teens Friday afternoon and chance of snow returns Friday evening.

 

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