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Snow, Freezing Fog Expected Across Chicago Area This Weekend

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Though temperatures are expected to warm in coming days, the Chicago area can expect more snow and freezing fog this weekend.

Meteorologists warned of patchy, dense freezing fog Saturday morning along I-88, I-80 and I-65. With temperatures below freezing, the fog may freeze onto surfaces making for slick conditions.

The National Weather Service said to prepare for reductions in visibility along roadways and asked that motorists drive with caution, using low beams and reducing speed.

Partly cloudy skies are expected Saturday into the evening hours with highs in the mid to low 20s. Wind chill values could drop as low as zero.

The next chance for snow, or an icy mix of snow and rain, comes Sunday afternoon.

According to the NBC 5 Storm Team, 1-3 inches of snowfall is possible for some locations, with the highest totals looking to stay north and northwest of the city.

Models show as much as 3.6 inches is possible in areas like DeKalb, while southern suburbs, like Kankakee, are only expected to see a little more than inch of accumulation.

Snow could develop in the early afternoon and evening with a few inches of accumulation expected. An icy mix of snow and rain possible towards the Kankakee River Valley. In Chicago, more than 2 inches is possible.

Though some snow will likely accumulate, temperatures are expected to rise above freezing Sunday with highs in the mid 30s.

After chilly temperatures and snow, milder conditions will likely last through next week. Monday will bring more clouds, but Tuesday should have mostly sunny skies with highs reaching the low 40s.

Already, Chicago has recorded nearly 46 inches of snow this season.

As of Tuesday, there had been nine straight days of measurable snow recorded at O'Hare Airport. That ties the record for consecutive days with measurable snow in the city, which was set between Feb. 3-11 in 2018, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicago has seen as much snow as it typically sees in an entire winter season in the last few weeks alone. The area on average sees about 36 inches of snow in a winter.

In fact, the last three weeks in Chicago have been the snowiest three-week stretch the city has seen since January 1979, which marked one of the most notable blizzards in city history.

From Jan. 26 to Feb. 15 of this year, the area saw 34.1 inches of snow. In 1979, Chicago recorded 39.5 inches from Jan. 11 to Jan. 31, data showed.

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