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Above-freezing temps bring short reprieve in Ill.

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Much of Illinois is getting a break from the extreme cold and snow Saturday morning, but the reprieve won't last long.

Temperatures will rise above freezing in many parts of central and southern Illinois on Saturday, hitting 34 degrees in Springfield and 38 in Carbondale.

But by afternoon, a new storm system is forecast to bring snow, with 6-8 inches expected for a large swath from Pontiac to Chicago's southern suburbs through Sunday.

Cities like Belleville and in the south could get 8-12 inches.

And what the National Weather Service is describing as life-threatening cold will set in Sunday night and continue all the way into Tuesday afternoon.

Morning lows of minus 10 or colder will be widespread Monday and Tuesday. Areas north of Interstate 74 could see negative 15.

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