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    Snow Possible in Chicago Monday Night and Tuesday

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    January 17, 2012, 1:41:22 AM EST

    While the cold wave continues to relax over Chicagoland, the next push of arctic air this week could bring another round of snow to the region.

    Temperatures will rebound over the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    A cold front will push across the region Monday night into Tuesday.

    If there is simply just a cold frontal passage, a few rain showers will be followed by flurries and that will be the end of it.

    However, if a storm forms along the front and strengthens quickly enough, a stripe of accumulating snow (several inches) would begin from part of the central Plains to the central Great Lakes, including Chicago.

    With Lake Michigan virtually ice-free, there could even be enhancement to such a storm and its snow given the right track in Chicago.

    We wish to remind folks that we are now in a new weather pattern for this winter, one that will continue to bring opportunities for accumulating snow and cold waves to the region.

    This is not to say it will not warm up again between now and March. Even the worst winters have their breaks.

    An active storm track into the Northwest beginning this weekend will continue to send weather systems across the country in much greater frequency for the second half of the month, compared to the first.

    Snow will fall down to sea level in the Northwest thanks to southward gains made by cold air of late.

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