CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm expected to move across the Midwest is forecast to bring between 6 and 10 inches of snow to northern Illinois, with more than a foot (1/3 meter) of snow in some areas.
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The National Weather Service has winter storm warnings in effect for the northern swath of Illinois from 6 p.m. Thursday through Friday evening. The heaviest snow totals are expected north of Interstate 80 to the Wisconsin state line. Snowfall is forecast to be heavy at times with rates of an inch per hour possible.
Snow is to start during the Thursday evening commute but the most significant impacts are expected for the Friday morning commute. Snowfall should taper by Friday evening.
The weather service’s warning says “travel will be difficult to impossible at times.” Here’s the official forecast:
Issued by: Chicago – IL, US, National Weather Service,
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST FRIDAY…
* WHAT…HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED. TRAVEL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES, INCLUDING DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE ON FRIDAY. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 8 TO 14 INCHES, WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED.
* WHERE…PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA AND NORTHEAST ILLINOIS.
* WHEN…FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 PM CST FRIDAY.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…BE PREPARED FOR SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.