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How Much Snow the Chicago Area Could See and When This Week

Accumulating snow is heading for the Chicago area in the coming hours.

Anywhere from near half an inch to an inch and a half of snow is possible across parts of the metro area by the morning hours Friday, with higher totals north and west of the city. 

Snow is expected to start falling late-Thursday evening and overnight in far southwest counties, spreading across the area overnight. The snow could be mixed with some light rain to start and may impact the morning rush hour Friday. 

It will likely start to break up mid-morning but spotty showers are possible through the afternoon. 

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High temperatures only reach the mid- to upper-30s, the forecast shows.

Bundle up for the weekend. Saturday is shaping up to be cold for the season and partly sunny with highs in the low- to mid-30s. Sunday warms a bit with highs near 40 and partly to mostly cloudy skies.

The cold and potential for snow returns on Monday with temperatures topping out in the upper-30s and the chance for lake effect snow showers to the east. 

Lake-effect snow showers are also possible Tuesday along the South Shore and in northwest Indiana. The day looks partly cloudy, windy and cold as high temperatures continue in the mid-30s.

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