As families finish up the last of their Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend, it may start beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Chicago area.

A snowstorm is expected to hit Sunday, possibly bringing several inches of snow before Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Travelers should be prepared for slick roads, poor visibility and increased travel time as they head home after the long holiday weekend, the weather service said.

“This couldn’t happen at a worse time,” said Charles Mott, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

Forecasters expect rain to begin late Saturday and turn into snow by the following evening. The milder Thanksgiving temperatures will sink back to the low 30s, and gusty winds will develop, the weather service said.

Areas northwest of Interstate 55 in the northern part of Illinois have the greatest potential for significant accumulation, possibly 4 inches or more, according to the weather service.

As of Friday, Chicago had received 3.6 inches of snow in November — a half-inch above average for this time in the month, Mott said.

Current forecasts predict the coming winter to be a relatively standard one in terms of temperature and snowfall, he added.

“If there’s any kind of trend, it’s colder,” Mott said. “If there’s any kind of trend, it’s toward the snowier side.”

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