Near-record-level warmth, more typical of September than November, is to flirt with Saturday’s 63 year old 71-degree record

Surging temperatures and strengthening winds descend on the Chicago area this weekend beneath the eastern flank of a mammoth late autumn storm. The warmer temperatures break a two week string of sub-normal daytime highs which began October 26th.

Peak temperatures across the metro area will flirt with 70 Saturday, incredibly close to the date’s 63-year old record of 71-degrees set in 1949.  Coming on the heels of an uninterrupted two week cool spell, the weekend warmth is sure to be met positively by residents weary of cool weather.

The warmth continues Sunday but ends sharply with a showery cold frontal passage Sunday night which may well be the harbinger of a rainy evening Bears Game at Soldier Field.

On the cold side of this storm, up to four feet of wind-driven snow fell across the hardest hit mountainous locations in Montana Friday while the California mountains were socked with local 20-inch totals. All told, sections of 17 states are on their way to a covering of snow.

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