Winter Weather

Snow, Rain & Possible ‘Thundersnow' as Chicago Gets Late Taste of Winter

Anywhere from one to four inches of snow is possible as a weather system moves through the area

Winter has been over for nearly a month, but it’s going to feel more like January than April on Sunday as the Chicago-area gets walloped with snow.

Current forecast models vary wildly on how much snow the area could actually see. Anywhere from one to three inches of snow is possible throughout most of the Chicagoland area.

A Lakeshore Flood Advisory is in effect for Cook County in Illinois and Lake & Porter counties in NW Indiana until 9 p.m. Sunday.

The heavier snow will be concentrated north of Interstate 80, meaning that areas south of that line will likely see less than an inch of snow, with more rain falling in those areas.

The day will start with increasing clouds in the overnight hours, and rain will likely begin to fall before daybreak. A round of snow is possible at that time, but will more likely begin to fall shortly after the sun comes up. Temperature highs expected to be in the upper 30s.

A mix of rain and wet snow will persist in the area through most of the day, but is expected to taper off in the late afternoon and early evening hours before ending around sunset.

NBC 5’s Lisa Chavarria has a live look Sunday morning from the streets of Chicago.

The lone bit of good news for area motorists is that most of the snow likely won’t stick to highly-trafficked roadways, as warm conditions will contribute to snow melting quickly. Some less-trafficked areas and rural areas could see accumulating snow on roadways, and motorists should remain cautious as they travel on Sunday.

As the new work week begins, the temperatures will steadily begin to climb, likely melting all the snow that falls on Sunday. Temperatures will rise to the mid-50s on Monday and up to the mid-to-high 60s by Tuesday, according to forecast models.

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