Cold start to the week, then a warmup

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Deepening low pressure over southern New England, will combine with building high pressure over the upper Midwest, to produce blustery northwest winds across the region on Sunday. As polar air settles across the Great lakes, temperatures will recover little, struggling to reach the upper teens Sunday afternoon.

Readings are forecast to moderate through Tuesday, but are still expected to average about 5 degrees below normal.  Frequent cloud cover, and a series of rapidly moving weather systems passing north of the region, will keep temperatures from becoming as extreme as in recent cold spells.

A significant spike in temperature is forecast to sweep across the region Thursday, when area readings may reach into the 40s.

Any warm-up will be brief. Computerized forecasts suggest another prolonged period of sub-normal temps will begin by next weekend.

Full forecast details at Chicago Weather Center

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