It appears the Groundhog Day prediction could ring true in the Chicago area as frigid single-digit temperatures may soon be followed by a series of systems that will likely bring the largest snowfall totals of the season.
The snow systems will move in over the next several days, bringing the potential for several inches of accumulation.
Temperatures Friday began more than 25 to 30 degrees colder than they were 24 hours earlier, a drastic drop that made for a bitter morning.
But as the afternoon temps warm into the upper-teens and low-20s, winds will keep conditions feeling like single digits throughout the day.
Friday night could see the chance for light snow, though only minor accumulation is possible with that system.
Temperature highs warm into the mid- to upper-30s Saturday as a rain-snow system begins to move in.
Rain mixed with snow showers is expected to develop in the afternoon before changing to all snow by evening hours, growing moderate at times. A few inches of accumulation are possible during this system.
By Sunday, light snow may be coupled with some lake effect showers that could increase totals, particularly in locations along the lakefront.
At the end of the two days, totals will likely be between 1 and 3 inches inland and 2 and 4 inches along the lakefront.
Monday will again see the chance for light snow during the afternoon and evening hours, as well as during the day Tuesday, with even more accumulations possible.
It remains unclear exactly how much snow these waves will dump on the Chicago area, but NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologists advise watching forecasts throughout the weekend and next week as conditions develop.