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Arctic Blast Could Hit Chicago This Weekend After Some Parts Of City Got A Foot Of Snow

More snow is expected this week — and it'll feel like it's "well below" zero degrees this weekend as an Arctic blast hits, according to the National Weather Service.

A person plows the sidewalk along State Street outside the Chicago Theatre after a heavy snowfall this weekend in the Loop on January 31, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The dig-out from the weekend’s relentless snowstorm spilled into Monday around Chicago, where parts of the city got a foot of snow.

And more winter weather is coming, as the first “real Arctic blast” of the season could hit soon, according to the National Weather Service.

This week should be relatively quiet, in contrast to the weekend, when the storm that started Saturday afternoon and lasted through Sunday evening left up to a foot of snow in parts of Chicago. The official totals at the airports were 11.3 inches at Midway and 10.8 inches at O’Hare, according to the weather service.

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Neighbors help dig out a car stuck after a heavy snowfall this weekend in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on January 31, 2021.

The heavy snow kept shovelers and plows busy all weekend, and also sent kids out on the hunt for good sledding.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 32 degrees. Tuesday will also have a high of 32, but the skies should be partly sunny, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer, with an expected high temperature of 33 degrees.

Rain and snow are expected again Thursday morning and in the afternoon, with more rain possible in the evening. The day could warm up to 37 degrees.

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A large pile of snow swoops on top of a parked car after a heavy snowfall this weekend in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on January 31, 2021.

Friday will be partly sunny and breezy, but it’ll be cold, hitting just 20 degrees during the day, according to the weather agency.

Saturday has a slight chance of snow and an expected high of just 19 degrees.

Sunday also has a slight chance of snow, and it will be cloudy. It’ll only warm up to 9 degrees during the day.

The Arctic blast that’s coming will hit during the weekend and could last into early next week, according to the National Weather Service. It could make it feel like it’s “well below” zero degrees outside.

The cold will mean there will be an increased risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

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