While winter's wrath continued through midweek in Chicago, temperatures will rise into the weekend, providing brief relief from the bitter cold.
Temperatures almost got above freezing for the first time in March on Thursday with a mix of clouds and sunshine; continuing the trend into Friday, temperatures will continue to rise into the high 30s and low 40s..
Friday will also bring more clouds with a shower around late in the day.
By Saturday, temperatures will drop by a few degrees as cold air moves back into the area.
"It will start to warm up in Chicagoland," Pindrock said. "They'll be out ahead of that front, but it will cool back down to close to 30 degrees."
Another weak front is forecast to move through on Saturday with a period of snow possible.
"There are no big snows for Chicago," Pindrock said, adding that there will be no major accumulations.
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
Simla, CO (1996)
4.5" diameter hail.
Mid-Atlantic Ocean (1788)
(22nd-24th) George Washington Hurricane; After causing ship disasters off SW Bermuda, the storm moved NW over Tidewater, NC and VA to pass right over George Washington's Mt. Vernon plantation. On July 24th, George Washington wrote in his diary: "About noon the wind suddenly shifted from NE to SW and blew the remaining part of the day violently from that quarter. The tide this time rose near higher than it was ever known to do, driving boats, etc. into fields, where no tide had ever been heard of before, and most, it is apprehended, having done infinite damage on their wharves at Alexandria, Norfolk, Baltimore, etc. At home all day."
Canton, IL (1975)
A tornado ripped through a 3-block section of downtown, killing 2 people, injuring 75 and creating $5 million damage. A 15-foot wooden plank was driven through an auto engine block, splitting the front of the car in two. The woman driving was not injured. National Guardsmen were called in to prevent looting.