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TODAY'S FORECAST: Rain, temperature drop throughout the day

TODAY'S FORECAST: Rain, temperature drop throughout the day

Bitterly cold weather has returned to the area, and residents should not expect temperatures to rise anytime soon.

The runoff from the melting snow and new rain could cause flooding on Friday night, according to AccuWeather.com and the National Weather Service.

High temperatures that were in the 60s on Friday, will be replaced by below freezing temperatures for Saturday through Monday. The metro region might see less than a half-inch of snow.

We have a multi-faceted, highly impactful 24 hours of weather ahead with flooding rains followed by a flash freeze. The chance of precipitation will be 80 percent.

"There is no bad weather expected", said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.

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About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O'Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for January 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent, with new snow accumulation of possibly 1 to 3 inches. By 12pm Friday and into the afternoon, we will transition from rain to a wintry mix, with temperatures around 35 degrees midday Friday. That's when much colder air will infiltrate the state from west to east, and from north to south. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s early tomorrow morning, but they'll drop a good 30 degrees or more throughout the day!

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy turning partly cloudy with snow tapering to snow showers. This after sleet and ice made for another deep freeze early Saturday morning.

Forecasters are calling for about 1 or 2 inches of snow, and around a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation before Friday morning.

Snow could fall sporadically between late Monday night and Wednesday night, according to AccuWeather.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Winds could gust as high as 30 miles per hour. Lows will be around 40 degrees, with a south wind 10 to 14 miles per hour.