Cold winds, 3 to 5 inches of snow on Christmas Eve

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Snowstorms will blanket most of Chicago, and the north and central areas of the USA state of IL, and northern in on the Christmas Eve, the National Weather Service forecast on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued another winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 5 p.m. Sunday until 10 a.m. Monday. In the small area of upstate NY that's between New England and the Great Lakes, estimates range as high as 24 inches of snow.

Snow, blowing snow and drifting snow is expected, with winds gusting as high as 35 miles per hour. A few disturbances moving through late week could bring some more snow to the area.

NWS Meteorologist Aaron Reynolds says that people who are travelling outside the region should be aware that conditions could be significantly worse elsewhere.

Weather models this morning are in large disagreement about what happens beyond Tuesday, some data even suggesting that showers will begin to develop on the South Plains by Wednesday afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

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Travelers should, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.

Winter Storm Watches have already been posted for northern Berkshire county, western Hampshire county and all of Franklin county from 10 pm Sunday night until 1 pm Monday afternoon. Temperatures will not warm up above the teens for most of the week with overnight lows at or below zero.

A brief period of quiet weather after Midnight into Christmas Eve day.

The hazardous weather includes bitter cold wind chills and cold temperatures.

"The coldest temperatures will come in the next couple of days, but it will stay cold until next week", Reynolds said.

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