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5 To 8 Inches Of Snow From Winter’s First Big Storm Expected To Hit Chicago This Evening

The snow is expected to be heavy after 4 p.m. Monday and continue into Tuesday morning.

Nacho from East Chicago operates the zamboni at McKinley Park's ice rink as snow falls heavily during a winter storm warning on December 29, 2020 in Chicago's McKinley Park neighborhood.
Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — Between five and eight inches of snow is expected to fall on Chicago beginning at about 4 p.m. Monday, the first large snowfall to hit the area this season.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning, alerting the area about the snowfall and blustery winds. The warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A separate lakeshore flood advisory is also in effect beginning noon Monday, with Lake Michigan waves as high as 14 causing minor to moderate flooding, including along the lakefront bike trail.

The snow is expected to be heavy after 4 p.m. Monday and continue into Tuesday morning. Winds from the northeast are expected to be between 35 and 40 mph, creating the chance of low visibility, according to the National Weather Service.

The service warned of difficult travel this evening and Tuesday morning from the hazardous conditions.

The National Weather Service predicted less than a half inch of snow will fall in Chicago before the sun goes down Monday, and then the heavy snow will come. Temperatures will remain in the low 30s during the storm.

More snow is expected Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but winds will slow down.

Temperatures could drop to 14 degrees Wednesday night.

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