Bureau County Republican

Bureau County should expect slightly higher temperatures after bitter cold start to week

Bureau County can expect the beginning of the week’s bitter cold streak to snap toward the end of the week according to the National Weather Service.

The week began with about two inches of snow falling across Starved Rock Country over Sunday evening into Monday morning with isolated lesser amounts in some spots.

Commuters reported slick conditions across the region, but mainly between Ottawa and Marseilles. A semi crashed into the median on Interstate 80 between Ottawa and Marseilles and several cars spun into the ditch.

Another cold front dropped the temperature to the single digits Tuesday with a similar outlook for Wednesday. Wednesday looks to have a high near 11 degrees with wind chills reaching as low as -20.

The rest of the week looks to see the temperature warming up, with the high schedules to reach above freezing on Thursday according to the National Weather Service.

The service’s weekend forecast looks to have a high around 18 degrees on Friday, a high near 12 degrees on Saturday and a high around 32 degrees on Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecast currently doesn’t contain a chance for snow over the weekend.