Winter has returned to Chicago, bringing with it the chance for accumulating snow at the start of this week.
On and off light snow showers began falling Monday morning and will continue into early Wednesday morning as weak waves moves across the area.
Light snow showers and flurries Monday evening could leave up to an inch of snow by dawn Tuesday. The snow will likely linger into Tuesday morning before tapering with another inch of accumulation possible.
By early Monday, Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation had deployed more than 200 trucks to Lake Shore Drive and Chicago's main streets and weather conditions will be monitored throughout the day, officials said.
The snow is forecast to be out of most areas by Wednesday morning, but lake effect showers could remain in parts of the Michiana snow belts.
Snow totals for the metropolitan area are expected to sit anywhere from 1 to 3 inches by the time the system moves out, but areas in the Michiana snow belts can potentially see anywhere from 3 to 6 inches.
The snowfall brings with it the chance for slippery roads in some spots, reduced visibility at times and blowing and drifting snow in open areas.
Colder temperatures are expected to remain for most of the week, with well below-average temps lingering into the weekend. Highs will stay in the low-20s for most of the week.