Winter Storm Warning for Chicago Begins on Thursday: At noon on Thursday, a winter storm warning for Chicago will go into effect. On Thursday afternoon and evening, there will be widespread snowfall. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the following counties: DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, and McHenry from 9 a.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday
(Christmas Eve); Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kankakee, and Will from noon Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday, Lake, Newton, and Jasper in northwest Indiana from 3 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Saturday Porter County, Indiana, has received a blizzard warning from 3 p.m. on Thursday through 6 a.m. on Saturday due to the combination of snow and severe winds that will make travel difficult or impossible.
As the winter storm approaches on Thursday, there will be increasing snow showers in the morning, followed by widespread snow by midday and snow throughout the rest of the day. As the afternoon wears on, the weather will get worse for drivers, with more snow and icy roads.
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In particular, in northwest Indiana, strong winds could cause blowing snow, which will reduce visibility and perhaps cause blizzard-like conditions Thursday night into Friday. By Thursday late morning, temperatures will rise to the mid-30s before rapidly dropping to the single digits by Thursday late afternoon. By sunset, it feels like the temperature will be below zero.
Snow is still blowing and drifting Thursday night, making traffic hazardous. Even though there might not be much new snowfall on Friday, gusting winds will still cause blowing and drifting into Saturday morning. With wind chills between -20 and -30 degrees, Friday’s highs will be around zero. Through Friday night, there may be lingering snow showers with lows below zero.
With wind chills of -10 to -20 degrees on Christmas Eve and -5 to -15 degrees on Christmas Day, single-digit temperatures will persist this weekend. In the far west, snowfall accumulation will be 3 to 4 inches, while in the Chicago metro area, it will be 4 to 6 inches. Northern Porter County and LaPorte County in Indiana will have the heaviest accumulations, likely reaching 6 inches. The likelihood of blizzard conditions is also higher in these two counties.