Bursts of snow predicted in Chicago area Monday morning

Jessica Villagomez, Chicago Tribune

Classic Chicago winter weather is on the horizon this week with bursts of snow predicted for late Sunday into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

“Be prepared to slow down on the roads and be prepared for more winter-like temperatures,” said Kevin Donofrio, a meteorologist with the weather service. “People haven’t been busting out the hats and gloves these days, but it’s time now, especially if you expect to be outside for an extended time.”

Sunday temperatures are expected to be in the 30s with a mixture of clouds, sun and cool breezes. There will be a drop into the upper 20s by the evening. The bursts of snow in Chicago area are anticipated from 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. Monday Donofrio said. The flurries won’t accumulate more than an inch but could fall for a good period of time.

“It may not be snowing everywhere, it will be pockets of little showers,” Donofrio said. Snowfall will likely be north of I-80, he said.

There may be another chance for isolated snow showers and flurries Monday into the late afternoon but temperatures will be in the upper 30s.

Though mid-week temperatures could push into the 50s, a strong cold front is expected for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with some snow expected Wednesday night into the morning.

“There’s strong winds into the 20s, it will feel extra uncomfortable considering we haven’t been too cold this season,” he said about Christmas Eve.

As for Christmas Day, the chance for snow is not 0 percent — but it’s pretty slim.