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Updated: January 18, 2014 11:25PM

Snow and slippery roads likely played a role in a deadly crash Saturday in the southwest suburbs that killed a 20-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, according to the police.

Sunday should bring the Chicago area a break from the wintry weather, with a high temperature around 32 forecast.

But the warm-up is likely to be brief, with temperatures plunging Monday, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Bardou said.

An arctic blast could drop the temperature into the single digits and teens for much of the week, with the wind-chill factor Monday night forecast to fall as low as 20-below zero.

On Saturday, two to four inches of snow fell across the Chicago area, Bardou said.

The slippery, wintry conditions contributed to a deadly crash just after 1 p.m. Saturday near the southwest suburb of Manhattan, police said.

A car headed south on U.S. Route 52 around 1:10 p.m. went out of control south of Cedar Road and struck a pickup truck in the oncoming lane, Illinois State Police Sgt. Scott Angus said.

The names of the victims, both from Joliet, were being withheld pending notification of their families. The 16-year-old was a front-seat passenger, according to the police; the 20-year-old was driving.

A second passenger, a 19-year-old man, was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the police.

Mark Trost, the driver of the pickup, said he and his wife, Kris, weren’t injured.

“They came out of the corner and got squirrelly sideways and came right into my truck,” Trost said. “It’s a shame.”

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