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The Chicago Area Is Under A Winter Storm Watch For Wednesday

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Feb 23, 2016 7:17PM

Hold onto your hats, Chicago—the National Weather Service has issued a storm watch along with predictions that a "major storm system" could bring up to six inches snow to the region.

As the NWS puts it, "a winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow... sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel." So plan your commute in advance and maybe bring a book if you're taking the CTA.

As we reported Monday, The NWS says snow could begin Wednesday afternoon, with high winds up to 40 miles per hour and a 50 percent chance of the snow continuing overnight. By 2 p.m. Thursday, the NWS is projecting Midway could get up to 7.4 inches of snow, and O'Hare up to 6.1.

February's unusual warm spell is coming to an end as well, with temperatures expected to return to the 30s and 20s during and following the storm.