CHICAGO (STMW) — Christmas Eve may be bright and bitter cold, but forecasters are predicting a white Christmas for the Chicago area.

The snow will begin falling around midnight Tuesday and end early Christmas morning, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss. Between one and three inches is expected to blanket the Chicago area overnight, with the most snowfall expected in the northern suburbs.

Even more snow will fall Wednesday afternoon, which could make the roads hazardous for holiday travelers.

“We’ll get another wave over the area in the mid-to-late afternoon that might drop another inch of snow,” Deubelbeiss said.

Christmas Day will be warmer than Tuesday’s frigid weather, with high temperatures in the upper 20s, Deubelbeiss said.

Overnight Monday, the temperature at O’Hare dipped to -2, the third time so far this season Chicago has dropped below zero, Deubelbeiss said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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