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Warming trend follows record-cold

Two storm systems may bring snow, freezing rain and rain to the area through the end of the week, but temperatures will be nearly 50 degrees warmer than the start of the week.

A north Normal National Weather Service recording station recorded a new record low of 15 degrees below zero on Monday, according to the weather service. The temperature was recorded at 5 a.m. The previous record low was 14 below zero, recorded in 1999.

Monday's high, 10 below zero, also is believed to be the coldest high temperature ever recorded in central-Illinois, surpassing the old record of 9 below zero set on Jan. 18, 1994.

There's a chance of flurries and freezing drizzle before 7 a.m. Friday, then a chance of rain or freezing rain until about 1 p.m. It should turn to all rain after that as the temperature climbs. It also will be windy with gusts as high as 24 mph. The rain likely will continue into the evening and early Saturday morning.

The sun is expected to return Sunday and Monday.