CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re inclined to suffer from allergies, you might have to pull out the hankies a couple of weeks earlier than usual.

Dr. Anju Peters, an allergist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, says residents of Georgia and Tennessee are already sneezing from tree pollen, and she believes it’s heading this way sooner than usual.

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And the Chicago area could see heavier than average pollen totals.

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“The biggest thing with warm weather, a warm winter in particular, means that we’ll have an early allergy season,” Peters said. “It will allow us to get a longer growing season

“And potentially it could be worse pollen.”

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Dr. Peters says the tree pollen allergies had been starting toward the end of March in years past, but says now it looks like it’ll be beginning in early- or mid-March.