Some parts of the Chicago area could get slammed with 6 to 10 inches of snow by the end of the weekend, before a blast of arctic air hits, according to meteorologists who warned of a potentially dangerous commute home Friday.

The National Weather Service on Thursday declared a series of winter storm watches for all of northern Illinois, in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

The snowfall this weekend is expected to come from two snow events. The first is expected to start Friday afternoon and will likely mean a snowy commute home, said Amy Seeley, a meteorologist with the weather service. Another snow event from Saturday through Sunday will bring lake-effect snow to the area.

In total, the storms could result in as much as 10 inches of snow in some areas by Saturday night, said Max Vido, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.

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