We’ve been in the deep freeze the past two weeks as arctic air (or “polar vortex” as many call it) has blanketed the region.

Many days, the thermometer barely rose above zero. At the coldest, temperatures at the Chetek airport reached 27 below zero (Fahrenheit) on early Monday, Feb. 15, with some local residents on social media reporting temps at minus 30 or colder.

But “warmer” weather is in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Highs climb into the teens for the rest of the week and will reach the mid-20s this weekend. Monday, Feb. 22, could bring temperatures above freezing.

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