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Tonight’s winter storm could blanket Chicago in up to 8 inches of snow

Shovels at the ready!

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Chicago winters have a way of sneaking up on you. Just when we thought it'd been a fairly mild season, the National Weather Service has issued a storm warning for what could be the season's biggest snowfall.

The warning goes into effect at 4pm on Monday, January 25 and lasts through 5pm on Tuesday, January 26. Moderate to heavy snow is expected overnight, with a total accumulation of 5 to 8 inches. Mother Nature could also toss in freezing rain, freezing drizzle or sleet. In other words, it's time to locate your shovel and claim "dibs" on your parking spot.

The National Weather Service also warns of strong northeast winds that could reach 35 to 40 miles per hour, resulting in "periods of very low visibility," especially on the road. There's also a chance that certain areas of the city could experience power outages due to the wetter snow and strong winds.

Stay safe out there, Chicago.

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