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March Winter Storm

The National Weather Service is predicting seven to 10 inches in the Chicago region by Tuesday night.

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Forecasters are predicting at least 7 inches could fall on the Chicago area by Tuesday night, with 1 to 2 inches per hour expected at the height of the storm hours earlier, according to the National Weather Service.

The heavy snow, mixed with winds topping 30 mph, could lead to a “challenging commute” Tuesday morning and evening, said Anne Sheahan, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation. The department anticipates dispatching its fleet of more than 280 trucks through Wednesday morning.

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

Chicago’s midday full weather forecast

snow26heavy.jpgChicago could be hit with a half a foot of snow by Tuesday.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana for Monday night into Tuesday.

According to the NWS, the main storm will hit Monday evening dropping as much as 6 inches of snow over the Chicago area by Tuesday evening.

The snowfall is expected to be heaviest at times from Tuesday morning to afternoon.