Chicago Weather: Warmer Temps To Stick Around

CBS 2 meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist has a check on the extended forecast.

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IRIKA SARGENT: Sunny today, but you wouldn't know it driving under the L at Lake and Wells. You have to use your windshield wipers because of the melting snow and ice dripping down there. Mary Kay's here tracking temperatures to keep that meltdown going, Mary Kay.

MARY KAY KLEIST: A lot of splash factors out there on the area roadways because we have all this melting taking place. Our high so far was 46 today. 44 is where we stand. Sunrise at 6:35, setting at 5:35 this evening.

Right now what I'm noticing is a little bit of a change. That strong range of high pressure that gave us all the sunshine, that's starting to slide eastward. We're still sunny here in Rensselaer, La Porte, and Gary. But look how we've turned cloudy now from DeKalb to Aurora, even into Cook County. Those clouds are going to keep gathering all ahead of an area of low pressure that is scattering rain through the Dakotas.

Now this low is forecast to track due east, so all the rain you see from Rice Lake to Eau Claire, heading into Wausau and down through Madison, I think that's about as far south as the rain will make it. We just get clouds from that system tonight. And that front will be passing probably mid-morning tomorrow. So as we go through time tonight, it's going to be relatively mild.

Remember, 38 is our normal afternoon high, and that's where we're gonna be at 10:00 o'clock tonight. Then as we get into the morning hours, cloudy skies as that front comes through. Winds start to shift and become west-northwesterly behind the front. So 40 degrees will probably be our high around noon, and then we could start dropping a little bit in the afternoon. Late day clearing starting to take shape.

So the next two days staying mild. 39 tomorrow. Then Thursday, 40 degrees. I am watching a system though. I want to show you this. Thursday night, we're mainly clear. But then as we get into Friday, we spend the day dry, but I think the clouds will gather by the evening hours.

Here's 7:00 o'clock. By midnight, we're going to see a wintry mix move through rather quickly. Here's midnight. By daybreak on Saturday, it's out of here. And Saturday looks to be mostly sunny. And so while we go through the night there, it's going to be a fast-moving system. It's not going to change our temperature a whole lot either.

Look at the weekend. 44 for a high on Saturday. And then on Sunday, 45 degrees. I think Sunday night into Monday, we could have a few sprinkles or flurries. But, overall, we are going to keep temperatures above the freezing mark, Irika, for the next seven days. So we can take a break.

IRIKA SARGENT: Yes, relax, enjoy this warmer weather. Thank you, Mary Kay.