Two to 4 inches of snow is likely to fall Sunday afternoon and evening, but temperatures may reach the 40s early next week, according to the National Weather Service.
The snow will begin falling Sunday morning and then intensify through the afternoon and evening, said weather service meteorologist Todd Kluberg.
“We should see a pretty good shot of snow,” Kluberg said.
When all is said and done, we should get about 2 to 4 inches of very wet, heavy snow, unlike the kind we’ve been dealing with for the last few weeks.
But by daybreak Monday, it should all be over and the morning rush looks OK, said Kluberg, who said no special watches or warnings were in effect yet.
Also on the horizon is a significant warmup, following one more very frigid night Friday with temperatures only reaching 5 to 10 in the city, and colder — zero to 5 below — in the west suburbs such as Elgin, Aurora and Joliet, according to Kluberg.
In the city on Friday night, there was a chance of a “very, very fine dusting” of snow that would only amount to about one-tenth of an inch, according to Kluberg.
The good news: On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we will be getting out of the Arctic cold we’ve been entrenched in.
Temperatures through much of next week will be in the 30s most days with maybe a chance of hitting 40 on Tuesday.
“That’s fairly seasonal for this time of year for Chicago. The average temperature is the upper 30s, and Saturday in Chicago it should rise to about 37,” Kluberg said.
“It will feel quite warm, but we should be getting right to where we should be.’'