Chicago could double its seasonal snowfall total in the next few days – NBC Chicago


Although the weather forecast may still change, it is becoming increasingly likely that the Chicago area will be hit by heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday, potentially doubling the amount of snowfall the region has experienced so far this season.

Chicago could be right at the epicenter of snowfall, according to the latest forecast models, with six to nine inches of snowfall across the region over a 24-hour period, with even more possibilities if Lake Michigan winds add up. an improvement in the lake’s weather system as it moves through the region.

Before this system happens, the Chicago area will face snow overnight Saturday and Sunday. According to current forecast models, 1 to 2 inches of snow could fall as the system leaves the area on Sunday morning, with some freezing drizzle that could contribute to dangerous travel conditions during the day on Sunday.

After the release of this system, the main event looms from Monday afternoon. Based on current forecast models, snow will sweep the area throughout the afternoon and evening on Monday, then continue to fall overnight and into late Tuesday.

Current forecasts indicate that the wind blowing off Lake Michigan could add some improvement of the lake to the weather system, potentially causing even more snowfall in the city and the lakeside suburbs.

The storm’s predicted path is subject to change, but at this point it would put Chicago in the center of the action, with 6 to 9 inches, or more, of possible snow in the city before systems leave the area on Tuesday. evening.

If this forecast holds true, it could potentially double the snowfall in the region so far this winter. As of Saturday, O’Hare International Airport has so far received 8.6 inches of snow this winter, just under half of the 17.5 inches of snow it usually receives at this point.

With Sunday’s snowfall, as well as snow coming later in the week, the area could reach an average amount of snow by the time the system moves.

Areas north and south of the city might see less snow, with 3-6 inches of snow possible in some spots.

Stay tuned to the NBC 5 and NBC 5 Chicago app for all the latest forecast models.

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