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The National Weather Service says they are tracking a “strong storm system” that will likely impact the Chicagoland area next week with heavy snow and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said Thursday morning they are continuing to watch a pattern change that will occur next week.

The change involves colder and snowier conditions, including the threat of a “strong storm system” in the Great Lakes Monday evening through Tuesday evening.

Forecasters say the specifics on the amount of and location of wet snow accumulations will depend on the eventual track of the system.

Gusty winds will likely accompany the heavy wet snow.

The NWS said they will have a refined idea of the specifics in the coming days.

Patchy light freezing drizzle may develop across portions of far northern Illinois late Thursday into Friday morning of this week.

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The NWS said there’s a “growing signal” for a period of snow capable of producing light accumulations late Friday evening into Saturday morning, which may cause slippery travel in spots.

The rest of Saturday afternoon will have on-and-off non-accumulating snow showers.

Another round of light snow Saturday evening into early Sunday could produce localized snow coatings with lingering snow showers and flurries Sunday morning ending by mid-day.