CHICAGO (CBS) — Those springlike temperatures earlier in the month seem like a distant memory now, as bitter cold hangs on for the next couple of days and a new system threatens to dump several inches of snow later in the week.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist says the temperature will reach 25 degrees on Wednesday. At 11 a.m., it was only 19 degrees with wind chills as low as 8 at Midway International Airport, 4 at Waukegan and Aurora, and 3 at DeKalb.

But a cold front will sweep in from the west Wednesday night and make the temperatures drop from frigid to bitter. Following a dusting of snow after midnight, the overnight low will drop to 13 degrees.

On Thursday, the daytime high will not exceed 13 degrees, and wind chills as low as minus 10 are expected.

But the upside is that conditions on Thursday will be sunny, much as they have been Wednesday. Such will not be the case when Friday comes around.

On Friday morning, a southerly wind will send moisture from the Gulf of Mexico on a northward trajectory toward Chicago, where it will wrap into the air from the lingering cold front and cause what else, but snow. Kleist says the area could get slammed with several inches of snow on Friday.

The next time a high above freezing is in the forecast is on Sunday. But rain is expected that day, and through much of next week.


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