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Winter Storm Could Drop 5 Inches Of Snow On Chicago, But That’s Not As Bad As First Predicted

The storm, which lasts Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, could make traveling hazardous for commuters.

A snowy morning near the lakefront.
Pat Nabong
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DOWNTOWN — The storm that will hit Tuesday might not be as bad as originally predicted.

Meteorologists first predicted parts of the city could get up to a foot of snow during the storm, but it’s now looking like Chicago will only get up to 5 inches, said Charles Mott, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

The South Side “could get a little bit more” snow than other parts of the city, Mott said.

The storm is expected to start Tuesday afternoon or early evening and end Wednesday morning, Mott said.

The National Weather Service has canceled its Winter Storm Watch for the city due to the changing forecast, but a weather advisory is still in place 6 p.m. Tuesday-6 p.m. Wednesday.

The advisory warns wind gusts could get as high as 35 mph and roads will be slippery. The Wednesday morning commute could be impacted by the “hazardous conditions,” according to the advisory, so drivers should use caution.

Waves up to 12 feet tall are expected on the city’s lakefront, which could face further flooding and damage as a result of the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

The waves have the potential to sweep people into the lake if they’re too close, and the water could “heavily damage” structures and “threaten” roads and parks by the shore, according to a Lakeshore Flood Warning.

The city is expected to have a high of 37 degrees on Tuesday, but that will drop during the rest of the week: It’s expected to hit just 32 degrees Wednesday, and it’ll be 27 degrees by Friday.

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