7:15 AM | Winter storm to produce accumulating snow of 3-5 inches later tonight and early tomorrow

6-Day Forecast

Today

Mostly sunny early, clouds late, brisk, cold, mid 30’s

Tonight

Snow develops shortly after midnight, cold, mid-to-upper 20’s

Saturday

Snow possibly mixes with sleet and freezing rain, but snow accumulations of 3-5 inches are likely beforehand; especially, in the N and W suburbs, cold, low-to-mid 30’s

Saturday Night

Cloudy with a wintry mix possible or a little more snow before ending, cold, mid-to-upper 20’s

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, chance for a rain or snow shower, not quite as cold, near 40

Monday

Mostly cloudy, slightly milder, chance for showers, upper 40’s

Tuesday

Mostly cloudy, mild, mid-to-upper 40’s

Wednesday

Partly sunny, breezy, still mild, near 45

Discussion

A cold front passed through the region last night without much in the way of moisture, but the next system to affect us later tonight and tomorrow will have more moisture to work with. Snow will break out shortly after midnight and then continue into early tomorrow morning. There can be a mixing of the snow with sleet or freezing rain, but snow accumulations of 3-5 inches are likely before that occurs with the higher amounts in the northern and western suburbs. A strong, cold high pressure system to our north will be the key player in this early weekend event as it should lock in the cold air which will be reluctant to give up its ground at the time the moisture arrives. Stay tuned. Longer term, it looks like a drastic change to colder weather with additional snow chances is in the cards as the month of February begins.

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