It may not be a heat wave, but temperatures are rising in the Chicago area.
Thursday’s high temperatures could reach the low to mid-30s, a departure from recent temperatures in the single digits and below zero.
Temps are expected fall back to the low 20s Friday and Saturday, but they rebound Sunday to the low 30s.
And it gets better.
The long-term forecast shows low-30s are here to stay for the first part of next week, and some areas could reach 40 degrees.
We’re not out of the woods for snow, though. A few flurries or spotty light snow showers are likely Thursday afternoon and evening and again on Friday, but no accumulation is expected.
Between one and three inches of snow is possible Saturday afternoon through the evening, particularly for areas south of Chicago.
Despite the snow, above-freezing temperatures are a welcomed feeling for winter-weary residents.
This January ranked as the third-snowiest month ever recorded in the city since officials began keeping track 130 years ago, in 1884.
As of this weekend Chicago’s season snow total exceeded 62.1 inches.