Midweek warming due to follow frigid Tuesday

December-like weather continued on Monday, with area temperatures peaking in the mid and upper 30s. Snow passed south of the immediate metro area, with 1 to 2 inch amounts accumulating from St. Louis, across central Illinois, to portions of northwest Indiana. Lake effect snow may leave larger totals over southwest Michigan, where the prospect of 3 to 6 inches has prompted a Winter Weather Advisory through Tuesday morning. Area temperatures are expected to stay below freezing Tuesday. Chicago’s last official sub-freezing day was February 12th, when the high only reached 27 degrees. There are signs the current cold pattern is relaxing. Southwest winds are to lock in by Thursday, propelling temperatures to the mid 40s, a bit closer to our normal high of 50. After another push of cold air this weekend, medium range forecasts suggest readings may climb above normal around Thanksgiving. Our weather is also expected to be dry. Only scant precipitation is forecast through next week.