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Dramatic Weekend Warm-up: Chicago, Atlanta, New York

A spectacular change is in store for cold-weary areas east of the Mississippi River. Temperatures are forecast to soar into the 60s and 70s from Chicago to Atlanta and New York City starting this weekend.

To put the warm-up into better perspective, consider Chicago. The low temperature on Wednesday was a frigid 20 degrees, cold for even January standards.

For high temperatures Saturday and Sunday, AccuWeather is forecasting 57 degrees and 64 degrees, which are more reminiscent of early October than mid-November.

Similarly, after Wednesday morning lows in the 20s and 30s, high temperatures on Sunday and Monday will hit the 50s and 60s form Philadelphia to New York City and Boston. The mercury could even climb into the 70s for Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Farther south, Wednesday started off at only 28 degrees in Atlanta, but by Sunday and Monday, highs will climb into the 70s.

The warm-up will not stick around for too long, however. Another powerful cold front will sweep across the United states, and replace the early fall-like temperatures with the chill of midwinter once again for the middle of next week.