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Why the fourth-coldest April on record also brought us summer-like temperatures – and what we can expect from the coming weeks.

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(U.S. Department of Agriculture)

A recent warm-weather spell might make it tempting to dig into your garden. But with another cold spell likely, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Boyce Tankersley says it’s too early to break out the garden shears.

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McCook Reservoir (Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners)

The newly opened McCook Reservoir kept untreated sewage out of the lake, but not out of local rivers.

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Flooding in suburban Glenview on Feb. 20. (Chicagoland Flood Forum / Facebook)

Melting snow and more than 2 inches of rain have caused flooding and sewer backups in and around Chicago.

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 Flooding in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood on April 18, 2013. (Center for Neighborhood Technology / Flickr)

A forecast of heavy rain, unseasonably warm temperatures and melting snow presents a flooding risk for Chicago. MWRD offers tips to prevent basement backups and reduce strain on local water systems. 

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Friday’s snowfall could be heavy at times but will gradually end later this morning after blanketing the area with another 2-4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s what you need to know.

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Snow blankets cars and everything else in its way on a Chicago street in January 2014. (Maggie Not Margaret / Flickr)

Before the snow even started to fall Thursday evening, Chicago Public Schools took the rare step of canceling all Friday classes.

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Don’t let frigid weather derail your outdoor exercise routine. With the proper precautions and gear, you can keep it up all winter long, says orthopedic surgeon Dr. Diego Villacis.

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Chicago ushered in 2018 with a record-setting high temperature of 1 degree on New Year’s Day. With cold temperatures expected to persist, the city could tie a different record by the end of the week.

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McCook Reservoir (Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners)

Public officials gathered Monday to celebrate the completion of stage one of the McCook Reservoir, which will offer 10 billion gallons of storage capacity to prevent flooding once complete in 2029. 

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Streaks of snow stretching across the Great Lakes captured by a NASA satellite on Dec. 9, 2006. (NASA)

Lake Michigan is getting warmer, and eventually it will mean winters with less snow in Chicago. But don’t plan yet for winters free of the white stuff.

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Flooding in Albany Park in April 2013 (Center for Neighborhood Technology / Flickr)

There are more soggy days ahead. Find out how you can help ease the burden on the Chicago River and reduce the risk of flooding.

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Weather forecasts say Chicago might see a third straight mild winter. Will that prediction pan out?

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Chicago’s sewer and deep tunnel system couldn’t handle this weekend’s rain, allowing untreated sewage and stormwater into Lake Michigan.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday the city is not only offering emergency responders to help Puerto Rico, but has already accepted 1,600 evacuees. 

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The Trump administration fights back against widespread criticism of its slow response to Hurricane Maria, while Chicago’s Puerto Rican community mobilizes to try to send supplies and water to the island.