Winter Storm Warning Issued; Six to 10 Inches of Snow Possible
The winter storm warning has been issued for most of northwestern Illinois from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday.
This morning, the National Weather Service upgraded a winter weather watch to a winter storm warning, which will be in effect from 9 p.m. Friday evening through 6 p.m. Saturday for much of the area. The warning includes DuPage, Will, McHenry, Lake, Cook, Kendall and Grundy counties.
Snow is expected to develop late this evening and will increase with intensity after midnight. Snowfall rates of one to two inches per hour are possible mid-morning Saturday while the snow is expected to end by early Saturday evening.
"Snow-covered roads and low visibilities will make travel hazardous from late this evening through early Saturday evening," according to the NWS. "Travel through Chicago O'Hare and Midway airports could also be significantly impacted."
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are in the forecast that will make travel dangerous.
The National Weather Service cautions driver to only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in the case of an emergency.
VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WEBSITE FOR MORE UPDATES.
The above information was updated at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2014.
The below information was posted at 7 a.m. on Jan. 31, 2014.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The Chicago area is expected get hit with a significant amount of snow late Friday through Saturday afternoon.
A winter weather watch will take effect at 12 a.m. on Feb. 1 for Will, DuPage, Grundy, Lake, Cook, McHenry, DeKalb and Boone counties — as well as for more counties throughout northern Illinoiis— and will remain in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
Light snow is expected to start this afternoon through this evening. More steady snow will develop later tonight and continue through Saturday afternoon with as much as six inches of snow or more expected in some areas, according to the NWS.
Some other areas could see ice accumulations. The accumulating snow and ice will result in hazardous driving conditions. Travel through area airports could also be significantly impacted.
Snow is expected mainly north of a line from Streator to Joliet to Chicago, according to weather reports. South of that line, the potential for snow mixed with sleet is possible.
WATCH: The National Weather Service briefing in the video above posted at 5 a.m. Friday provides more details on this storm.
Check the National Weather Service in Chicago for more information.