A woman makes her way on a bicycle in the snowy and rainy lakefront weather near Custer and Linden in Evanston, Illinois. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
Updated: January 17, 2012 9:54AM
Up to five inches of snow could fall in some parts of the Chicago area Tuesday, as cold winds are expected to drop the windchill factor to near zero Tuesday night.
Lake and McHenry counties could see three to five inches of snow as much colder air turns rain into snow across the region, according to the National Weather Service. In those areas, snow could accumulate in time to affect the morning commute, with travel conditions worsening by mid-day.
Snow totals will decrease in areas farther south, according to the weather service. The I-88 corridor through Chicago into the west suburbs will see about one to three inches of snow, while areas south of the Kankakee River will see about an inch of snow.
Winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour in the afternoon could whip up enough blowing and drifting snow to make driving difficult, according to the weather service.
It won’t get too much warmer for the rest of the week. Wednesday will see a high of 25 degrees with a low of 19. Thursday will reach just 22 degrees and dip to 19 degrees at night.