CHICAGO — A winter storm expected to roll into Chicago overnight Monday could drop up to 9 inches of snow on the city, the most so far this season, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning lasting from 3 a.m. Tuesday morning through midnight Tuesday was issued by the weather service.
Forecasts call for temperatures hovering around the mid- to low 30s as snow begins to fall Monday afternoon. That will give way to heavier snowfall Tuesday, according to Amy Seeley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
"We're worried about heavy snow basically from early tomorrow morning, meaning the overnight hours tonight, through Tuesday night," Seeley said Monday morning. "Right now, it looks like 6 to 9 inches are possible."
Tuesday, Chicagoans can expect to see snow fall quickly, between 1 and 2 inches per hour.
"The heavy stuff will be later Tuesday," Seeley said. "During the morning rush hour, it will be lighter, but the evening rush hour will be heavier."
The weather service warned that travel during those peak hours will be "extremely dangerous." In addition to the snowfall, 25-30 mph winds are expected.
Following the storm, Chicagoans can look forward to higher temperatures this weekend, with temperatures reaching into the 40s by Friday.