Snow Day Declared In Schools As Midwest Prepares For Winter Storm Saturn [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on March 5, 2013 10:09 AM EST

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A March 5 snowfall will affect Midwestern cities surrounding the Great Lakes. (Photo: NOAA)

Snow days have been extended as continued snowfall in the Midwest has caused schools to close once again.

According to the Illinois' Rockford Register Star, the Rockford School District and most area schools have closed as a snowstorm is expected to cause up to 9 inches of powder.

According to the National Weather Service, the Midwest will experience a high of 33 degrees while as much as 7 inches of snow is expected to fall during the day before another 2 inches fall at night.

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In the city of Chicago, forecasters estimate 4 to 8 inches of snow to fall at night at a rate of more than an inch an hour.

"The whole area's going to be hit pretty hard," said Romeoville meteorologist Richard Castro.

"It'll probably start to get bad around 10 [a.m.]," said Romeoville meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss.

The weather service has issued a winter storm warning for the Midwest Monday night from 9 p.m. through midnight.

Not only will the Midwest experience heavy snowfall, but the storm will bring high winds as well, making it difficult for snowplows to respond to the worsening storm.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has already sent out more than 280 trucks to salt the city's main streets before the storm touches down. Median barriers were also removed.

"When a storm of this magnitude is approaching, it is now standard protocol to remove the barriers before the storm hits, to make certain the access points are available before the snow starts to fall," said Chicago Department of Transportation spokesperson Peter Scales.

Stay tuned as we learn more about the coming storm ahead.

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