It’s possible Chicago will get up to 5 inches of snow during a Tuesday afternoon winter storm.
Depending on where in Chicago you live, there is a good chance you’ll be under a winter storm warning with winter weather alerts in effect across Chicagoland today. Starting in the afternoon of Tuesday, December 29, a potentially dangerous wintry mix is destined for the Chicago area and it will bring snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
The National Weather Service is expecting Illinois to experience its first burst of winter snow that will likely begin falling around 3 pm and continue through to Wednesday morning. The heaviest snow is expected around 5 pm and could be anywhere between 4 and 7 inches with ice accumulations of up to one to two-tenths of an inch.
After making its way into Chicagoland the wintry weather will likely turn into freezing rain overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Wednesday morning and afternoon will be wet and rainy but with a dry Thursday and temperatures around 33 degrees it could clear up in time for New Year Eve. The National Weather Service is then predicting further snowfall late Friday as Chicago finally braces for the true arrival of its notorious winter.