Forecasters are predicting another winter wallop to the Chicago area, with up to 6 inches of snow expected to fall on Monday.
A winter weather advisory for snow across all of northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana is slated to last from 6 a.m. through 6 p.m. in a slippery start to the week, according to the National Weather Service.
Between 4 and 6 inches of snow is expected to fall across Chicago and the surrounding area Monday, with heavier accumulation in the late morning to early afternoon, according to forecasts from the weather service. Monday’s high temperature is expected to hover in the upper 20s.
Forecasters urged drivers to use caution as a mix of sleet and freezing rain turns to a steady snowfall of up to an inch or more per hour at times.
Precipitation should taper off by early Monday evening before temperatures climb above freezing. Tuesday’s forecasted high is 40, followed by 38 on Wednesday, a relative heat wave in the middle of one of Chicago’s coldest winters on record.
The warmth could bring new problems, though, with a rapid snow melt possibly leading to flooding.
The current snow pack on the ground in most of northern Illinois is equal to between 1 and 4 inches of water if it melts completely, according to the weather service.