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Light snow expected Friday afternoon, heavier accumulation Saturday

<p>Sun-Times Media &nbsp;| &nbsp;File</p>

Sun-Times Media  |  File

A light dusting of snow expected Friday afternoon is just a taste of what the Chicago area could see before the weekend is over.

Light snow showers are expected to move into the area between noon and 1 p.m. Friday, lasting through the early evening and leaving the region with anywhere from a dusting to a half inch of snow, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Birk.

However, Saturday will see a more substantial accumulation, Birk said. Snow is expected to start falling in the mid to late morning and last through the afternoon, covering the region with two to five inches.

Birk said Chicago and the western suburbs were likely to be hit the hardest.

Next week, we could once again be feeling the effects of the Polar Vortex that dropped temperatures to record lows earlier this month, Birk said. Tuesday’s high temperature could be between 10 and 12 degrees, with a low of about zero or slightly lower, Birk said.

Temperatures could remain much lower than normal through late January and into early February, Birk said.

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