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Snow, Freezing Rain And Sleet Expected To Hit City All Saturday, So … Enjoy Your Weekend

The storm will start Friday afternoon and it won't let up until Sunday morning.

A snowy morning near the lakefront.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Rain that will start Friday afternoon won’t let up until Sunday morning — and Chicago will get hit with snow, sleet and freezing rain during that time.

A winter storm watch will be in effect from 3 a.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, when the worst of the weather is expected to hit. Officials also warned the lakeshore will likely face flooding, which could be “significant,” according to a National Weather Service tweet.

The winter storm is expected to start Friday afternoon, bringing rain, drizzle and lots of wind to the city, said Charles Mott, a National Weather Service meteorologist. It’ll start heavily raining by 7 or 8 p.m.

The storm will continue into Saturday morning, when there will be a mix of mostly sleet and rain — though there could be up to 1 inch of snow and sleet that accumulates, Mott said. The day will be “very windy” with a high temperature in the mid-30s.

Come Saturday night, the rain will turn into mostly snow, with another 2-3 inches possibly gathering, Mott said. Wind gusts could hit 45 mph.

“Saturday’s not going to be a very nice day,” Mott said.

The storm could carry over into early Sunday, though, though it should end in the morning. Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with highs around 30 degrees, Mott said.