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Winter Storm Expected to Bring Chicago Area Up to 8 Inches of Snow

Isabella Falsetti | The PhoenixThis storm could bring Chicago's largest snowfall of the season.

If they haven’t already, Chicagoans may need to break out their salt bags and snow boots — a storm bringing up to eight inches of snow is heading their way.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Northeastern Illinois — including Chicago and its surrounding suburbs — beginning 4 p.m. Jan. 25 until 5 p.m. Jan. 26. 

“Moderate to heavy” snow is expected, especially overnight between Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, with five to eight inches of total snowfall and winds as high as 35 to 40 mph expected, according to the NWS. 

In its alert, the NWS said travel could be difficult during the storm and is likely to impact people’s morning commutes Jan. 26. 

With the mix of high gusts of wind and snow, some power outages are possible, according to NWS. 

If people must travel during the storm, the NWS recommends keeping a flashlight and extra food and water in the car in case of an emergency. 

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