CHICAGO (CBS) — Balmy conditions in the 50s will be back on Tuesday, but it’s still going to feel like winter for the rest of this Pulaski Day Monday.

If the uncharacteristically mild winter led you to hang your winter coat back in the closet, it probably wasn’t too pleasant to walk outside Monday morning. The temperature before dawn was just 22 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, and in the teens to the north in Waukegan.

By 11:20 a.m., the temperature had risen to a still sub-freezing 31 degrees at O’Hare, and the forecast high for the day is only 36, reports CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist.

But the good news is the slippery, biting snow that was falling Sunday night has gone on its way. The cloudy skies are giving way to filtered sunshine.

With the wind bow blowing east over the 35-degree waters of Lake Michigan, the west coast of Michigan is getting the snow now.

But look for a radical change when Tuesday comes around. The wind will make a turn to blow up from the south, and temperatures will climb into the 50s. On Wednesday, clouds roll in as a cold front comes through, and rain and even a thunderstorm could result on Wednesday afternoon.

The official high for Tuesday is 55, for Wednesday 58.


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