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It was a slow slog to work for many motorists Wednesday morning, but the worse commute this week may be yet to come.

Snow is expected to return Thursday, starting with afternoon flurries and intensifying overnight. By Friday, some locations could see 5 to 9 inches of new snow.

A winter storm watch for Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties will be in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast comes after a week of snow.