Latest snow prediction: Up to 14 inches

Tue. February 9, 2010 12:00 AM by Chicago Breaking News

Chicago, IL - An area winter storm warning has been issued for late Monday through early Wednesday with up to 10 inches of snow expected to blanket the area by late Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

WGN-TV's Tom Skilling thinks there's a possibility the final totals could be closer to 14 inches, making this storm the worst of the winter for Chicago. According to the WGN Severe Weather Blog, the storm could last 35-40 hours, affect three rush hours, and generally make life unpleasant until at least Wednesday.

The warning took effect at 9 p.m. Monday and will continue until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow will continue across the region this morning and increase in intensity. The snow will continue through night. Blowing and drifting snow with near blizzard conditions in open areas can be expected tonight into early Wednesday, the weather service said..

Snowfall rates will generally be light to moderate. However, the very long period that the snow will be falling over will allow storm total snowfalls of 8 to 10 inches to accumulate by late Tuesday night, the weather service said.

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