Chicago braces for Winter Storm Watch this weekend

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A Winter Storm Watch is in effect beginning Saturday evening through early Sunday night for areas along and north of I-80.

The first system will bring snow early Saturday evening and into Sunday morning with 3-5” of snow, mainly north of I-80. This snow will be light and fluffy so it will be easy to move around.

There might be a brief break in the snow early on Sunday before a secondary system brings another round Sunday afternoon into early Sunday evening. This could bring another 2-5” of snow and could possibly mix with rain south of I-80. Precipitation should end before 9 p.m. Sunday.

Total snowfall will range from 5-10” north of I-80 with 2-5” south of I-80.

An even colder air mass will arrive next Wednesday and last through Friday with wind chills during the morning hours between -10 to -20.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy & chilly with snow arriving by the evening. High: 25 Low: 23

Sunday: Periods of snow possible mixed with rain south of I-80. High: 33 Low 25

Monday: Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 29 Low: 18

Tuesday: Partly sunny and cold. High: 23 Low: 9

Wednesday: Cloudy with light snow. High: 17 Low: 0

Thursday: Mostly sunny and very cold. High: 10 Low: 4

Friday: Mostly sunny and continued very cold. High: 17 Low: 9