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After Near Record Breaking Warmth, Temps To Plunge Thursday

Central and northeast Illinois will be under a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. until midnight, with freezing rain, snow and sleet expected

After a brief respite from one of the most brutal cold-spells in Chicago history, the bitter cold, freezing rain, sleet and snow are coming back.

About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O’Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for Jan. 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

Unfortunately, the warm spell won’t last long, as temperatures are expected to plunge Thursday night after two days of 50-degree weather, the weather service said.

“We’re going to see a real, real sharp temperature drop coming in toward the tail end of the evening rush hour for Chicago,” said Edward Fenelon, a meteorologist for the weather service.

By 9 p.m., the weather service expects it to be just 25 degrees at O’Hare.

Strong wind gusts could also be possible Thursday afternoon and evening.

The mercury could fall as low as 14 degrees overnight, the weather service said. A high of 22 was expected Friday before an overnight low of 8 degrees Friday night as lake effect snow could lead to snow showers in the area.

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