Up to 8 inches of snow expected Tuesday night into Wednesday

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A woman uses an umbrella ago shield herself from blowing snow as more winter weather rolls into downtown Chicago on Feb. 17.  | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media  

Chicagoans enjoyed springlike weather Monday by hitting the jogging trails, playing soccer or even sitting on the beach.

But by midday Wednesday, up to 8 inches of snow could blanket the area following “near blizzard” conditions overnight, the National Weather Service said.

The weather service issued a winter storm warning starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday that includes Cook, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy and Will counties, as well as Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties in northwest Indiana.

Rain is expected to begin Tuesday evening and will switch over to snow by late Tuesday night, with flakes falling at a rate of 1-2 inches per hour at times, the weather service warns.

With sustained winds of up to 25 mph and gusts of up to 40 mph, the weather service warns there could be “near blizzard” conditions.

Air travel in and out of O’Hare and Midway will likely be “adversely impacted” Wednesday morning.

After a balmy 50-plus degree Monday, Tuesday’s high will be just above 40 degrees, but Wednesday’s high is only expected to reach the mid-20s.

Chicago won’t see springtime temperatures again until Friday, when the high is expected to reach nearly 50.

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