Chicago-area residents will wake up Sunday to temperatures already warmer than Saturday’s freezing peak, and readings will continue to climb with wind speed throughout the day.
Forecast models predict high temperatures on Sunday will be above normal for this time of year, climbing into the 40s across the region.
This increase in temperature can be attributed to southwest winds, which could cause blowing snow in open areas, according to the National Weather Service.
In a special weather statement, NWS said LaSalle, Grundy and Kankakee counties in Illinois, as well as Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana, could see blowing snow and wind gusts of 30 at 40 miles per hour or more, especially in open and rural areas.
Residents are urged to exercise caution when driving in these areas.
Clouds will start to form later in the day, with mostly cloudy conditions expected overnight. Temperatures will remain warmer, with lows in the 30s expected through Monday morning.
During the day, a front is expected to settle in the region, causing temperatures to fracture slightly. Areas north of the front can expect highs in the mid to upper 30s, while areas south of the front will likely see temperatures in the mid to upper 40s.
Eventually, precipitation will begin along this front, with areas to the north likely to see winter mixed or even freezing rain, while areas to the south will see showers into the evening and into Tuesday.
Tuesday will likely see more rain before the front moves, with temperatures dropping throughout the day.
The next chance of snow in the region is expected to arrive on Thursday, with highs dropping back into the 20s to wrap up the work week.