How much snow is Chicago getting this weekend? Winter Storm Watch issued when the snowstorm on New Year’s Day could dump over 8 inches

CHICAGO (WLS) – The Chicago area is preparing for a snowstorm this weekend that may dump over 8 inches of snow in some places.

The National Weather Service has issued one Winter Storm Watch for Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties, which take effect early Saturday morning and continue until late Saturday night.

ABC7 meteorologist Larry Mowry said the snow will start falling between 6 p.m. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, with the heaviest snow expected between noon and midnight.

Most areas will see snow accumulations in the range of 4 to 8 inches, although areas near Lake Michigan may end up with over 8 inches due to lake improvement and sea power snow showers, Mowry said.

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Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate on Saturday afternoon and will continue throughout the evening. Gusts will blow up to 35 mph on Saturday night, creating winds and some snow drifting snow.

The wind will remain strong as temperatures drop into the teens overnight, so expect the roads to remain in poor condition until Sunday morning, Mowry said.

The Chicago area experienced its first measurable snow of the season Tuesday after one of the longest snowless droughts in the city’s history.

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