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Weekend storm heads for Chicago, but will it rain or snow?

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A winter storm now swirling over the Pacific Ocean will take aim at the Chicago area this weekend, just in time to affect holiday travelers. But whether it brings snow or rain is still a matter of uncertainty.

The storm will charge over the Great Plains and arrive in the area sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, National Weather Service Meteorologist Gino Izzi said.

"The possibilities of what we're going to get run the gamut, but it's looking like the potential is there for rain, sleet, snow and possibly heavy amounts of precipitation," he said.

Though it is not yet clear exactly where the storm will hit, and how much precipitation it may bring, forecasters say it is looking increasingly likely the heaviest snow will fall well northwest of Chicago.

Meanwhile, areas to the south and southeast toward northwest Indiana could see significant rainfall or even some flooding as rain combines with melting snow, the weather service said.

"It's still early and things could change, so we'll be watching this very carefully over the next couple of days," Izzi said.

Before then, the metro area could see some light rain Thursday with a high of 40 degrees, the weather service said. Friday will be colder, with highs in the mid-30s and possibly some light, freezing drizzle.

The beginning of Christmas week looks to be a chilly one, as a blast of cold air drops highs into the high teens or lower 20s by Monday, the weather service said.

Temperatures will warm slightly by the holiday, but it is still to soon say if we will see a white Christmas, Izzi said.

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