Snow continues to fall outside the Chicago Theatre after a heavy snowfall this weekend in the Loop on January 31, 2021. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — A half-inch of snow could fall on Chicago on Tuesday.

Monday will be rainy and cool, with more rain during the night — and possibly snow flurries, said Charles Mott, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

But the snow isn’t expected to accumulate on grassy areas until the late morning or early afternoon, at which point it will last through the afternoon, Mott said. In all, less than a half-inch is expected in the Downtown area.

Tuesday will be chilly, too, with an expected high temperature of 38 degrees.

The cold snap will be dangerous for plants, with sensitive outdoor plants at risk of being killed or damaged if left uncovered or not brought inside, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday has a slight chance for snow in the morning, with rain possible after that, according to the National Weather Service. It’ll be warmer, with an expected high of 44 degrees.

The rest of the week is expected to be sunnier and hotter, with high temperatures in the high 50s Thursday and Friday.

April snow isn’t extremely rare in Chicago. The average date of the last trace of snow is April 20, and the latest in the year there’s been a trace of snow is June 2, according to the National Weather Service. The latest the city has had more than an inch of snow was May 3, 1907, when 1.3 inches fell.

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