Timing of Winter Storm Shifts for Chicago Area – NBC Chicago


Dangerous winter conditions are expected in the Chicago area this week, but the timing for when they could begin has already shifted.

According to recent forecasts, it appears that the storm’s timing may have shifted earlier, with a winter storm watch now taking effect Thursday morning in some counties.

Originally, the watch was not supposed to begin until Thursday night, but the National Weather Service changed that designation Tuesday morning.

The winter storm watch has already been pushed back to Thursday morning for some counties, including in McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall and Grundy.

Things will deteriorate “rapidly” heading into Thursday afternoon, with snow spreading more and getting stronger.

A winter storm watch for Lake, DuPage, Kankakee, Cook and Will counties in Illinois, and Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in northwestern Indiana, was also moved, now starting Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

According to forecasters, the timing of the intensity was originally later, but new models show “slightly faster arrival of worsening conditions Thursday afternoon.”

The warning warns that “falling and drifting snow can result in white conditions with no visibility at times, making travel extremely difficult, if not impossible.”

“Power outages will also be possible due to strong damaging wind gusts of up to 55 mph,” it states.

Icy roads can increase the dangerous conditions if the temperature drops quickly.

The intense winter storm is expected to be widespread by evening hours. This marks the time when it could bring blizzards and is expected to have a “severe” impact on travel.

Major consequences are expected from the snowstorm during the day Friday.

Expect heavy snowfall, strong and damaging winds, difficult or nearly impossible travel conditions, and dangerously cold temperatures and chills.

The wind chill is expected to drop close to -30 as early as Friday morning.

The winter storm watch is scheduled to continue late Friday night as the storm and potentially “blizzard-like” conditions continue strong.

Forecasts are unclear on how much snow may actually fall as snow, but the snow is expected to start settling overnight.

Early forecasts so far indicate that the Chicago area could see between 5 and 9 inches of snow, with higher totals possible, especially in northwestern Indiana. Some locations may also see lower totals.

The snow will begin to lighten early Saturday morning, but dangerous travel conditions will continue all weekend as the dangerous cold continues.

Minimum wind chill of -20 to -30 degrees is expected with highs in the single digits and low teens. Lake-effect snowstorms are also possible in parts of northwestern Indiana, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

Difficult and impossible travel conditions could continue, especially in the morning hours on Saturday, as blowing snow and blowing snow remain a problem.

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