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Sick Of The Cold? Hang On, Warmer Days Are Just Ahead

Chilled Chicagoans on Tuesday. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Chilled Chicagoans on Tuesday.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

In Chicago, where for the first time since they started keeping records in 1884 there's now been 50 or more inches of snow for four straight years, the Tribune offers this bit of welcome news:

"Yes, there is hope on the horizon. This weekend, milder Pacific air should push Chicago above the freezing mark for the first back-to-back days this year."

In Des Moines, the Register says that:

"There is some relief ahead. Forecasters predict today's cold will give way to highs in the teens Thursday and approach a more-tropical 40 by Sunday."

More-tropical? When they're using phrases like that about 40 degrees, you know it's been a long winter.

And in Buffalo, the News warns that even hardy western New Yorkers "won't want to linger around outdoors today" because of bone-chilling winds. Still, the newspaper adds that "there's a major warm-up coming, we're told, but we're going to have to wait for the weekend to start feeling it."

Want a visual look ahead at the warmer temps? Check out the National Weather Service's look at the temperatures expected on Friday (the map's to the left).

Purple — the color for really, really, cold temps — is nowhere to be seen.

Of course, before warmer days arrive there are still many places getting hammered. The Oklahoman, for example, reports that "heavy snowfall forecast for the state today has been lighter than expected in the Oklahoma City area this morning, but about a foot of snow has been reported in northern parts of the state."