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A big winter storm could drop another foot of snow on Chicago

Prepare for another round of sidewalk shoveling.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

There's already a layer of snow (and some ice) blanketing much of Chicago at the moment, but you might want to prepare for another round of shoveling. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Northern, Southern and Central Cook County, going into effect at 3am on Monday, February 15 and lasting through noon on Tuesday, February 16—that means that extremely cold temperatures and snow are on the way.

Wind chills near 20 degrees below zero are expected on Sunday evening and early Monday morning, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep your faucets dripping this evening to prevent frozen pipes. Snowfall is forecasted to begin falling in Chicago on Sunday evening, with heavy snowfall (as much as 1 to 2 inches per hour) expected throughout much of the day on Monday before tapering off on Tuesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, "the worst snow and travel conditions are expected from daybreak Monday to daybreak Tuesday," though the Presidents' Day holiday may alleviate some of the usual traffic during the morning and evening commute.

If you're planning on going outside to capture some beautiful pictures of Chicago covered in (even more) snow, don't forget to bundle up!  

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