Forecast: Warm weather, rain showers; possible snow by Friday

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Folks across Chicagoland would be wise to keep their umbrellas handy for the next few days.

A warm front bisecting the region will greatly influence our weather today.

Showers and thunderstorms firing up along the front will be possible throughout the day.

There is a slight chance that some storms could become strong or severe with heavy rains, hail and strong winds.

Depending on what side of the front you are on will make a big difference in the temperatures you see.

Areas north of I-290 can expect temperatures to top out in the 50s, while lakeshore temperatures are likely to hold in the 40s this afternoon.

For people south of the I-290, highs are expected in the 60s and low 70s are possible as far south as Kankakee county.

Showers will once again be likely tonight and showers and storms are expected Wednesday.

The rain that’s ushering springtime colors onto Chicago’s landscape combined with a front of cold Canadian air could be just the mix to cause flurries by week’s end.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

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