Chicago Weather Radar: Snow forecast to cover the area with up to 5 inches of accumulation possible

CHICAGO (WLS) – The Chicago weather forecast calls for another winter blast, with up to five inches of snow expected to fall by Friday morning.

The National Weather Service released a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.

Light snow has started moving into the Chicago area and will become heavier overnight. The first flakes started flying southwest of Chicago in LaSalle, Grundy and Kankakee counties.

“The composition of this is going to lean towards lighter, fluffier snow versus very heavy, moisture-laden snow,” said ABC7 meteorologist Tracy Butler. “So when you get that lineup, maybe you get higher snow totals.”

Snow totals are expected to range from two to four inches for the most part, with some isolated areas seeing up to five inches.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few pockets that captured five inches of snow,” ABC7 meteorologist Greg Dutra said. “But there’s not really a big prime area or a heavy snow band like we’ve seen in past systems.”

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The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 211 salt spreaders to clear snow along arterials and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. To see the city’s snow fleet in real time, visit

The snow is expected to continue overnight before easing off around dawn on Friday.

Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and for the latest updates on the winter storm.

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