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Snow to follow bitter cold

Updated: January 14, 2014 1:08PM

Chicago’s brief yet bitter cold spell is almost over — with fresh snow to blanket the area by Friday night.

If you’re going by the numbers, a Friday high of 29 degrees doesn’t seem too warm, but it’s a consolation many are thankful for. Residents in west suburban Sugar Grove slept their way through the coldest temperature in the Chicago area early Thursday — minus 16 degrees. O’Hare Airport clocked in at minus 3 early Thursday, while Romeoville hit minus 9.

With the end of the bitter cold, comes snow. The far south suburbs — south of I-80 — could get between three and five inches of snow Friday night into early Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Richard Castro.

Chicago could get between two and four inches of snow, with the majority hitting areas closer to the lake.

DuPage and Lake counties also should get more snow by the lake.

“It’s going to feel noticeably milder than it’s been,” Castro said. “It won’t feel as bitterly cold — highs in the upper 20s and low 30s. Considering we’ve been in a freezer for a week now, that won’t feel too bad.”

But not so fast. After the snow, the Chicago area will get another shot of bitter cold. Temperatures are expected to hit the single digits and low teens Saturday night, according to Castro.

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