CHICAGO (STMW) – The light snow lingering in the Chicago area Sunday night is expected to give way to bitter cold temperatures and strong winds.

The National Weather Service is predicting a 40 percent chance of snow Sunday night and early Monday, when temperatures will plummet from 25 degrees down to 3 degrees.

The bitter cold is expected to remain in the area through Thursday — with highs only expected to reach 12 degrees and lows as cold as minus-7 degrees, according to the weather service’s website.

Wind gusts of 15 to 20 miles per hour could create wind chill values in as low as minus-13 degrees, the weather service said.

Warmer air is expected to return Friday, when temperatures will climb near 25 degrees, the weather service said. Temperatures in the mid-30s are possible next weekend.

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