Chris Cimino's forecast for Jan. 16, 2012
The bitter cold and dangerous wind chills that froze the tri-state this weekend are expected to ease Monday.
Temperatures this morning are in the single digits and low teens, but they will rise into the 20s and low 30s towards late afternoon.
Forecasters say the tri-state won't see winds like the area has had over the past several days, although breezes will pick up from the southwest later Monday, drawing in somewhat milder air.
A storm system and a warm front will bring in clouds toward the evening, and rain is expected after about 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. in the city and coastal areas, possibly starting as sleet or freezing rain.
The northwest suburbs will have a longer period of freezing rain and sleet, and possibly some snow mixed in between 10 p.m. and early Tuesday morning. This could mean icy road conditions for the Tuesday morning commute in some areas.
Any freezing rain or snow in the suburbs will change to rain later in the morning on Tuesday. Highs are expected in the mid to upper 40s.
On Wednesday, it will be brisk and colder with sun and a few clouds. Highs are forecast in the mid- to upper 30s.
The tri-state could see a few snow flurries on Thursday, later in the day, and highs in the mid 30s.