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What spring? Snow returns to Chicago area

Less than a week before the official start of spring, snow returns to the Chicago area.

Radars show a fast-moving system moving in from the northwest late Thursday morning and into Chicago by the afternoon. A dusting of up to an inch is expected, but 1 to 2 inches could be possible in some areas west and southwest of the metro area.  

Temperatures remain cold with highs in the low-to-mid 30s and south-shifting winds.


Clouds should break for partly cloudy skies by Thursday night, but this isn't our last snow of the season.

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The next chance of white stuff comes Friday evening after a cloudy, breezy and milder day with rain in the afternoon. Rain is expected to mix with snow and completely change to snow overnight. With highs in the mid-to-upper 40s and even low 50s in far south suburbs, no accumulation is expected.

Flurries continue into Saturday to start a sunny, cold day with highs in the mid-30s. A rain-snow mix is possible through Monday. 

The area certainly has rebounded in snow totals in the past couple months. After an unseasonably warm, dry start of winter, Chicago saw 29.8 inches, including 10.2 inches so far in March. That's still below average, though.

The area typically sees 32.5 inches.