Potential Snowstorm on the Horizon: What to Expect and When

With a potential snowstorm on the horizon, the Chicago area is bracing for the possibility of more than a foot snow over the next few days. Here's a timeline of what you can expect and when.

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A Winter Storm Watch takes effect across much of the area beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday evening.
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Snow begins to move into the Chicago area beginning Thursday evening, possibly reaching the city before midnight.
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By midnight Friday, much of the Chicago area will see snowfall.
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The snow continues to fall across the Chicago area through the overnight hours.
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As the morning rush hour begins, snow will be heavy in parts of the area.
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Heavier snow will fall Friday afternoon, particularly in areas that are covered in a darker blue color.
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The line of snow will cover nearly all of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana through Friday afternoon.
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It will continue through the evening hours, making for difficult travel conditions.
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The snow will move out of the area late Friday and into early Saturday morning.
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After a brief break, snow begins to return to the Chicago area Saturday afternoon.
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It will cover much of the Chicago area by the evening hours.
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Snow will continue falling throughout Saturday evening.
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By Sunday morning, the snow will have covered much of Illinois and northwest Indiana.
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The snow will begin moving out of the Chicago area late Sunday morning and into the afternoon hours.
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By Sunday evening, some locations, particularly south, could still see some snowfall, but much of the area will be dry.
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By early Friday morning, anywhere from 2-5 inches of snow is possible.
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By Friday afternoon, totals will have nearly doubled in some locations.
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One model predicts nearly a foot of snow possible by Friday afternoon.
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Other models, however, predict anywhere from 5-10 inches of snow possible by Friday evening.
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As the second system continues to move through, more than a foot of snow may have fallen across much of the area.
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By the end of the four days, anywhere from 10-15 inches of snow is possible.
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