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Chicago Area Could See Biggest Snowfall of the Season in Days Ahead

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With multiple snow systems heading toward the Chicago area, there's a chance some locations could see their biggest snowfall so far this season in the days ahead.

The first round of snow, expected to reach the area late Saturday evening and into Sunday morning, will likely be the lighter of two events in the region.

In what will likely start and end as light snow, this system is only expected to leave behind anywhere from a dusting to 1-3 inches in far northern locations before it leaves by Sunday afternoon. The higher totals will likely be seen in areas north of Interstate 80.

The bigger event looks to move in Monday afternoon.

NBC 5's Storm Team is tracking a developing storm, though exact conditions and the track the system will take are still being determined.

As of Friday, steady moderate-to-heavy snow looks to develop late Monday afternoon and evening. The snow will likely taper off overnight and end by dawn, leaving several inches in portions of the metro area.

The system will likely bring with it a thin band of heavy snow, but where exactly that band will hit remains unclear.

Some models show the band could stay south of the Chicago area, some put it over southern suburbs and in northwest Indiana, and some put it right over the city and metro area. 

Locations where that band sets up are expected to 6 to 8 or more inches of snow in total by Monday evening.

The largest snowfall Chicago has seen in the past two years fell on Halloween 2019, leaving a total of 4 inches behind.

Should this heavy band hit the area, it has the potential to be the biggest snowfall of the season.

Check back for more as this forecast develops.

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