By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicagoland could ring in the New Year with a pile of snow.

While the track of the potential storm remains a bit uncertain, there is a moderate probability of several inches of snow, which would start falling on New Year’s Day.

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If the storm tracks to the north, the northern sections of Chicagoland would get snow, while the southern portion would see rain or a mix, according to forecast models. If the storm tracks more to the south, the entire region would get snow.

The storm could also include high winds.

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Big New Year’s storms have happened before. Many might remember the New Year’s Day storm of 1999, when a total of 21.6 inches fell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. That ranks as the second biggest snowfall in Chicago history.

There is currently no indication that a storm this weekend would reach totals like that. It’s too soon to predict more precise snow amounts, but models show about four to six inches.

We went into the CBS 2 News digital archives to find the three worst blizzards in Chicago. And just this past February, about 18 inches fell at Midway International Airport, but only a little more than seven inches at O’Hare.

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In case that makes you feel any better.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff