Another winter storm begins in Chicago; snow and dangerous cold on the way

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Get ready for some more snow, Chicago.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday as clipper system brings snow to the region this evening and overnight.

Anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of light and fluffy snow is possible across the region.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his full fleet of agency heads say they're at the ready, as Chicago waits for a real winter to roll in and linger for a while.

"Chicago can weather the storm. That will be true this week and it will be true the rest of the winter," Emanuel said Monday during a press conference with city safety leaders.

"Safety is the city's top priority," Gary Schenkel, executive director of OEMC, also said.

Chicago is sitting on 400,000 tons of salt and warming centers are ready to receive the homeless.

"We are expending warming center hours at our six community service center locations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through this Friday," said Evelyn Diaz, commissioner of Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services.

Most of the snow is expected to fall in the south and west of the city. Joliet, for example.

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Partly sunny skies will greet Chicago Tuesday, with highs in the mid-teens and breezy west/northwest winds.

Tuesday night temperatures will fall below zero with northwest winds increasing.

Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures will stay in the low single digits Wednesday with wind chills of -25 to -35 degrees.

Thursday afternoon could bring more light snow showers. It will stay much colder than average through the weekend.

Officials will continue to monitor the weather this week to also determine if and when area schools need to be closed.

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For the latest weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

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