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Frightful Weather on Tap This Week?

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 7, 2008 8:00PM

Photo by Wayne Gunn

While the Chicago area has already seen two measurable snowfalls in the last week, it may be small beans if a storm developing out west takes just the right track at just the right time. While the sun has made some appearances this weekend, more snow moves in tonight with the chance of up to another inch accumulating along with some frozen rain, though the National Weather Service says there will be no ice accumulations. Still, all weather eyes are focused on Tuesday when a storm could bring a significant winter precipitation event to the area.

The NWS has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for some Northern Illinois counties for Tuesday, though Cook County isn't included. Yet. Skilling warned us yesterday of the developing system, and today maintains the heads up. What remains to be seen is the storm's track and if temps will be cold enough for the rain to change to snow in time for significant accumulations. For now, the NWS has us with a rain/snow mix and temps in the mid-to-upper 30s with the rain changing over to snow by Tuesday night. But if the storm tracks just right and temps are a little bit lower, it means we could see a fairly significant amount of snow.