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Tuesday’s winter storm mostly misses North Shore, so here comes another: 5-10 inches of snow, subzero temperatures expected this weekend

The multi-inch snowfall that was forecasted to pass through the North Shore Tuesday was much ado about nothing. So Mother Nature is giving it another shot.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon for most of Chicagoland and the region. Forecasters are predicting up to 6 inches of snow for the near north suburbs, such as Wilmette and Winnetka, and as much as a foot of snow for the far northern suburbs, such as Highland Park through the Wisconsin border, during that time (Jan. 12-13).

Predictions include an 84 percent chance that at least 4 inches will fall in Chicago’s northern suburbs, where snow is expected to begin around 4 a.m. Friday.

Wind gusts are predicted to reach as high as 50 mph during the storm with the strongest gusts hitting the area Friday evening into Saturday morning.

Winter storm time line provided by National Weather Service.

But wait, there’s more.

While temperatures will remain in the 20s and 30s to begin the weekend (Friday through Saturday afternoon), they will drop below zero to end it (Saturday evening through Monday), according to the forecast.

“Much colder air will spread across the region this weekend and next week, producing dangerously cold wind chills,” according to the storm watch.

Temperatures are expected to fall to -2 Saturday evening with windchills reaching -30 the following day. Sunday’s high is 7 degrees and the low in the evening is -11. Martin Luther King Jr. Day — Monday, Jan. 15 — reportedly will have a high of 2 degrees before temperatures begin to climb (high of 6 on Tuesday and 12 on Wednesday).

The cold may cause issues with local power, as well. In case of a power outage, ComEd can be reached at (800) 334-7661 or www.comed.com.

Frostbite can occur in as few as 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service, which advises individuals who will be outdoors to bundle up with as many as three layers.

A graphic from the National Weather Service showing suggested apparel for any person going outside in the extreme cold.

For those who must be outside and may be in need of assistance, warming shelters are available in the area:

• Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Police Department, 710 Ridge Road, 24/7
• Fire Station #26, 1304 Lake Ave., 24/7
*Those in need in Wilmette can call the police nonemergency line at (847) 256-1200

• Village Hall, 675 Village Court, access available after-hours through Public Safety Department
Non-emergency number: (847) 835-4112

• Northfield Community Church, 400 Wagner Road (available in cases of power outages)

• City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Ave., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
• Police Department, 1677 Old Deerfield Road, 24/7
• Makom Solel Lakeside, 1301 Clavey Road, call (847) 433-3555 for daytime assistance, evening hours are available by calling the nonemergency public safety line at (847) 432-7730
• Trinity Grace Church, 1506 Half-Day Road. Evening hours available, call the nonemergency public safety line at (847) 432-7730
* For updated information on Highland Park warming centers, CLICK HERE

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