Drivers could have a messy commute to start the work week as a winter system threatens to blanket the Chicago area with up to 3 inches of snow.

After a bout of snow over the weekend, another round will likely head for the area in the early hours of Monday, with precipitation expected to begin as early as 12 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The snow will continue for several hours, potentially causing problems for the morning commute. Drivers are encouraged to prepare for additional travel time and check road conditions before heading out on the roads, forecasters said.

Snowfall is expected to end in the afternoon, except for Porter County in northwestern Indiana, which will likely see lake effect snow in the evening.

After the snow, attention turns to the cold.

Highs will be in the 30s on Monday, but temperatures will drop later in the day.

And the bitter breath will not subside immediately.

Wind chill will be as low as -5 to -20 degrees late Monday and possibly -15 to -25 degrees Tuesday evening, according to the NWS.

Temperatures will likely be in the teens on Tuesday and Wednesday, then back into the upper 20s and low 30s Thursday and Friday before a more moderate weekend.