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Snow to coat Chicago to Detroit by end of weekend

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Nuisance snow will create slippery conditions across parts of the midwestern United States into Sunday night before spreading into the Northeast to start the new week.

A major snowstorm will not evolve. However, enough snow is threatening to fall to cover grassy areas and cause slick road conditions.

A storm will move across the region and deliver a quick burst of snow from Iowa to Michigan to end the weekend.

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The weekend started with snow lightly coating parts of Nebraska, especially non-paved surfaces.

The snow will sweep eastward into Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northwestern Illinois on Saturday night before reaching northeastern Illinois and Michigan on Sunday.

Residents of Minneapolis will wake up to a coating of snow on Sunday morning and should be vigilant for slick spots on sidewalks and roads.

One to 3 inches of snow with locally higher amounts threatens to quickly accumulate and cover some roads across eastern Iowa, southern and central Wisconsin and northern Illinois on Sunday.

This includes Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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"The snow will leave little to no accumulation on roads in downtown Chicago with a coating on roads in the western suburbs," AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyson Hoegg said. "On grass, there can be 1-3 inches in far western parts of the city and points on west."

Snow will reach Michigan late Sunday afternoon before spreading to western and northern Pennsylvania, New York and New England on Sunday night into Monday morning. A coating to a couple inches of snow is expected to fall in these areas.

The event will be quick hitting, with most snow falling within a 12-hour time frame.

Where the snow falls in the afternoon and is light, accumulations will mainly be on non-paved surfaces. Similar to downtown Chicago, roads will be mainly wet in Detroit.

Any wet patches on roads and sidewalks can also quickly freeze overnight. Motorists should be aware of the threat for black ice during the Monday morning commute.

"However, slick spots can develop where the snow falls at night and into the morning hours and in any heavier bursts of snow," Pydynowski said.

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Roads should mainly stay wet when the snow reaches Boston and Portland, Maine, on Monday.

As the snow coats parts of the Northeast on Monday, seasonable temperatures and sunshine will return briefly to the Midwest, allowing any snow to quickly melt. This will raise the concern for some refreezing on roads and sidewalks at night.

More snow may accompany the coldest air of the season so far later in the week.