Temperatures are likely to be mild in the high 40s and 50s during the day through Saturday.
About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O'Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for January 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville.
Some snow is forecast for Friday evening, but he said snowfall totals will be minimal - probably a few tenths of an inch.
A big concern is that temperatures in north and parts of central Alabama will be very cold when the precipitation gets here, and the weather service said it will be "more than cold enough for significant impacts to roadways".
The mercury could fall as low as 14 degrees overnight, the weather service said.
And, Sunday's high should reach 11 with a low of zero.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low near 5 degrees.
The rain on Friday is expected to change over to freezing rain and sleet in much of the state on Saturday, with possible snow in the mix as you move north, all of which could cause some slick conditions.
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Today's National Weather Service forecast: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. and a 90 percent chance of rain. There's a flood watch in effect for southern counties through Saturday morning. Most of the rain will come during the 12 hour period between this evening and tomorrow morning. Highs in the low to mid 20s. There is a 50 percent chance of snow after midnight Sunday night. For the next week the highs in Gulfport will range from about 44 to 56 and the lows from 25 to 42.
FRIDAY: Partly cloudy skies develop, and we finally make it above freezing, with a high temperature of 39 degrees.
An AccuWeather projection shows a high of 24 with a low of zero for today, as snow tapers off with north-northwest winds gusting 19 miles per hour. Tuesday night, a chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 17.