Chicagoans Face Chilly St. Patrick's Day Weekend

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    NBC 5 meteorologist Alicia Roman says the snow will begin to fall Saturday night and could bring up to 17 inches by Monday night. (Published Saturday, Jan 31, 2015)

    Chicagoans won’t be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in shorts this year.

    Though last year’s partiers celebrated in 80-degree temperatures, this year’s festivities remain chilly in the mid-30s.

    Saturday’s colder temps may be paired with drizzling rain or possible snow flurries, but is expected to remain fairly dry overnight and throughout Sunday.

    • Check out this guide of Saturday's St. Patrick's Day shenanigans 

    Chicago's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at noon Saturday in one of the country's largest parades for the Irish holiday. Just before the parade begins Chicago Journeymen Plumbers will continue their more than 40-year tradition and dye the Chicago River green.

    Sunday’s Irish festivities are expected to stay dry, but the calm weather won’t stay long as a new storm front heads for the Chicago area Monday afternoon.