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As Polar Vertex Exits, Warmer Temps and Flooding Possible

In the first weeks of the New Year, Mother Nature doesn't seem to want to give the Chicago area a break. 

A deep freeze settled on the area Sunday and has remained for most of this week. As temperatures finally begin to creep up into the teens, parts of the area could see a wintry mix Thursday afternoon with freezing drizzle also possible during the afternoon and into Thursday night. The freezing rain could continue into Friday morning. 

This could make for slippery roadways, especially on untreated areas and elevated surfaces, and dicey conditions during Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. 

On Friday, temps are expected to rise above freezing later in the day. Rainfall amounts of 3/4 of inch to one inch are possible late Friday and Friday night and the mix of rain and warmer temperatures could create a messy situation.

"There will be an increased potential for rises on area rivers and creeks as well as ice-jam-related flooding," according to the National Weather Service.

On the bright side, temperatures are expected to remain in the 20s are 30s through the weekend and much of next week, according to weather.com. 

See your local weather above for more information. 

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