Here's something to warm your heart, if nothing else right now: We could get above freezing Thursday for the first time in two weeks. And maybe a close look at 40 by next week.
But first we'll have to suffer through the rest of yet another arctic blast that plunged temperatures to minus 19 in some places overnight and will do the same tonight.
Temperatures are expected to rise into the 20s Wednesday as the frigid front sweeps to the east and could inch above 32 by Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures will dip again into the 20s at the end of the week before rebounding on Sunday as winds turn from the northwest to the west and southwest.
The Climate Prediction Center, which has given the Chicago area a high probability of below-normal cold these last few weeks, says there's an even chance we could see normal or above normal temperatures next week. Normal for next week is 36 to 38 degrees.
Some models are showing a good chance of above normal temperatures, according to weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi. But models have shown similar warming trends this winter and have been wrong, he warned.
"I wouldn't bet anything on it," Izzi said. "And I'm a betting man."