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Comfortable temps in forecast
A Green County Highway Department snow plow/salt truck drives by on Wisconsin 81 near Pleasant View Nursing Home early Monday afternoon. The highway department had trucks out salting roads during periods of freezing rain. To order either of these photos, click here. (Times photos: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - After freezing rain early Monday morning coated Monroe in a sheet of ice, temperatures are expected to reach relatively comfortable heights this week.

According to predictions from the National Weather Service, temperatures will be above freezing during the daytime hours this week, reaching a peak of 43 degrees Thursday. Tuesday's high is predicted at 36 degrees, and Wednesday's and Friday's at 41.

By comparison, the average temperature for this week between 1981 and 2010 was 18 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Nightly low temperatures will also increase to just above freezing Thursday night, although the National Weather Service predicts that lows will hover at about 28 degrees for most of the week.

There is a 30 percent chance of precipitation today - possibly freezing rain, if it occurs in the early hours. Over night temperatures are expected to drop to 27 degrees.

Thursday night also has a 30 percent chance of rain but with a predicted low of 35 degrees, the rain is not likely to freeze. The chance of rain will increase to 50 percent on Friday.