Today’s snow first of three waves to hit Chicago area; 6″ by Saturday

Snow flurries dusted the Chicago area Thursday afternoon, but that was just the opening act.

Thursday’s snowfall was just the first of three waves of snow that the Chicago area will see in the coming days.

The next wave of snow is expected kick off you weekend. Northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, including the entire Chicago area, is under a Winter Storm Watch for the period beginning Friday night and continuing through Saturday afternoon.

Over 6-inches of snow could fall over the entire area during that period. Snow could mix with freezing rain and sleet in southernmost portions along and south of a Pontiac-Kankakee-Valparaiso line.

Monday we get a break, but then significant snowfall is expected Tuesday into Wednesday. WGN Meteorologist Paul Konrad says some models indicate an additional 10 inches of snowfall are possible.

Thursday’s snowfall is Chicago’s 30th measurable snow of the season, according to the Chicago Weather Center.

Only three other seasons since 1884-85 have recorded measurable snow more frequently.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATES, GO TO CHICAGOWEATHERCENTER.COM

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