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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Forecast: Chilly week ahead, but still above normal; dry mostly, just a few raindrops or flakes

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. 49-53. | Tonight: Becoming partly cloudy. 30-35. | Tomorrow: Becoming sunny. 49-53. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Compared to last week, this week feels more winter-like. No 70-degree temps are in the picture. But with highs most days reaching well into the 40s, it’s not exactly bone-chilling cold. We’ve got a streak of 14 straight days with above average temperatures and it may take until the weekend (if then) to break it. For the most part, the weather is dry, but some light rain or snow showers can’t be ruled out Wednesday. There’s an off-chance of a more significant weekend storm. We’ll keep watching that for you.

Snow Potential Index: 2 (→) - Any Wed AM flakes meaningless, may just be rain. Keep an eye on the weekend.
 
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Today (Monday): Everybody starts the day sub-freezing, gloves, coats, and all that necessary for the morning commute. By mid-afternoon, though, we’ve warmed to around 50 degrees which feels pretty nice in the abundant sunshine. Thank you high pressure :) Confidence: High

Tonight: High pressure scoots offshore, and a weak wave of low pressure passes by to the south. That increases cloud cover some as the evening wears on. After midnight through the pre-dawn hours, there’s a very slight (20%) chance of a sprinkle or flurry (better chances of snow to north and west). No accumulation is expected. Lows range from 32-36 30-35 (N & W suburbs-city).  Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading to find out when winter finally shows...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): A few morning clouds give way to mostly sunny skies. Highs again reach above average territory, up to around 50. Winds are light from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clear skies early followed by increasing clouds late at night. Lows range from the mid-20s to low 30s (N & W suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

There’s a 30-40% chance of rain showers Wednesday morning into the afternon (exact timing a bit uncertain), but any precipitation is light. Precip may begin as snow, especially in the colder north and west suburbs, if it starts early enough in the day. Highs range from 39-44. Gradual clearing Wednesday night and cold, with lows from the mid-20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Thursday and Friday are partly to mostly sunny (more clouds Thursday than Friday) and cool, but several degrees above average. Highs are in the upper 40s to around 50 both days. Clear and cold at night, with lows from the low 20s in the colder suburbs to near 30 downtown. Confidence:Medium-High

The weekend is probably seasonably cool and dry with highs near 40 and lows in the 20s, but there is the chance a coastal storm develops, which would bring the threat of snow and/or rain and colder day time temperatures. We’ll keep you posted on this possibility in the coming days. Confidence: Low

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