As temperatures begin to cool, the Chicago area is preparing for the first measurable snowfall of the season, which is expected to arrive overnight through Sunday.
According to the latest forecast models, there could be a chance of light snowfall in the evening hours on Saturday, but more snowfall is expected on Sunday during the day.
Rainfall is expected to continue until about 5 p.m. on Sunday, with some mixed rainfall in the southern areas of the NBC 5 viewing area and more snow showers in the northern suburbs and northwest Indiana.
There could be half an inch to an inch of snowfall in parts of the Chicago area by Sunday evening, which is likely to remain after the ground cools the following day, latest forecast models show.
Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation announced that plows and salt spreaders will be on the streets this weekend, with special attention given to bridges and overpasses.
While some Chicagoans said they weren’t ready for the cold weather ahead, others expressed anticipation for the holiday season to move in.
“I love the cold, I’m from Chicago,” said city resident Arielle Moore. “I love winter, snow, make snow angels, snowmen.”
To prepare for the snow, people lined up around the block this weekend to receive a coat from the St. Sabina Church on the south side of town.
“Everyone’s in need. It’s a tough time right now, so this helps, it helps,” said Gloria Reavley, who was part of the cloak action.
With people waiting in line for hours, the community provided free jackets to children and adults throughout the Chicago area.