Compared to Thursday, today is going to feel like July.

OK, that may be a stretch, but temps today will be warmer than Thursday’s arctic chill that descended upon the Council Bluffs-Omaha metro area.

Several southwest Iowa schools had late starts on Thursday, as temperatures dropped to about 10-20 degrees below average in the region.

This weekend looks to be pleasant and warmer with sunny skies, some clouds and highs in the mid- to upper-40s.

The upcoming forecast according to the National Weather Service includes:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -13. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. South southwest wind 7 to 14 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48.

Sunday night: A chance of rain and snow between midnight and 1 a.m., then a chance of snow after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Washington’s Birthday: A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain and snow between 11 a.m. and noon, then a chance of rain after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 40.

Monday night: A chance of rain and snow before 7 p.m., then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

Tuesday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

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