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Chicago weather: Winter storm forecast to blanket area in up to 5 inches of snow | Watch Live

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Chicago's weather forecast calls for another blast of winter, with up to five inches of snow forecast to fall by Friday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Friday.

Light snow has begun overspreading the Chicago area and will become heavier as the night goes on. The first flakes began flying southwest of Chicago in LaSalle, Grundy and Kankakee counties.

"The composition of this is going to be leaning toward more light, fluffy snow versus the really heavy, moisture-laden snow," ABC7 Meteorologist Tracy Butler said. "So when you get that composition, you get maybe some higher snow totals."

Snow totals are expected to range from two to four inches for most, with some isolated areas seeing up to five inches.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there's a couple of pockets that catch five inches of snow," ABC7 Meteorologist Greg Dutra said. "But there's no really big favored area or a band of heavy snow picking up like we've seen in systems past."

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Chicago's Dept. of Streets and Sanitation has deployed 211 salt spreaders to address snow along arterial routes and DuSable Lake Shore Drive. To view the city's snow fleet in real time, visit

The snow is expected to continue overnight before winding down around daybreak Friday.

Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and for the latest updates on the winter storm.

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