Chicago Area Under Winter Weather Advisory

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the metropolitan area from 3 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The Chicago area is under a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 a.m. Sunday.

    Friday may have marked the end of the meteorological winter, but this season's wintry weather is far from over.

    Though the area likely will miss a brutal ice storm headed for the Midwest, we could see six inches of snow by Sunday night.

    The first batch of snow moved in overnight Friday, leaving behind less than an inch of accumulation. But the dusting was enough to bring this winter season to the fourth snowiest on record in Chicago.

    As of 6 a.m., O'Hare International Airport recorded 68.9 inches of snow, pushing us past the winter of 1966-1967, which saw 68.4 inches, and bumping this winter season to the fourth snowiest on record.

    Light snow ended early Saturday before a second round began ahead of the Stadium Series hockey game at Soldier Field featuring the Blackhawks and Penguins.

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of the metropolitan area from 3 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.

    Temperatures will fall to around 10 degrees during the evening hours with winds gusting to 10 to 15 mph. Nighttime wind chill values could dip as low as zero.

    Steadier light snow is forecast to increase to moderate snowfall overnight into Sunday morning before tapering off with between 2 and 5 inches falling in most areas. Heavier accumulations of up to 7 inches are forecast in areas south of Chicago.

    That means Jimmy Fallon's first Polar Plunge could be a snowy, chilly affair. Highs are only expected to reach the teens to low 20s, quite a difference from last year's above-freezing conditions.

    Next week remains in the low 20s until Thursday, when the extended forecast predicts highs in the mid-30s.