A winter storm is targeting the Chicago area on Thursday, with snow expected to bring potentially hazardous travel conditions.
The storm system should bring different conditions depending on where you live, with some regions expecting snowfall while others are anticipating near-blizzard conditions.
Here is the last one:
A weather advisory was issued for Cook, DuPage, La Salle, Kendall, Kane and parts of Will counties from noon to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service warned roads are likely to become slippery, while patchy blowing snow could reduce visibility, especially during evening journeys.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday for Grundy, Kankakee, Livingston and parts of Will counties in Illinois, as well as Lake, Ford, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana.
Parts of Indiana could experience “near bleaching conditions” at times, causing “extremely hazardous” travel conditions Thursday afternoon, officials warned.
The National Weather Service tweeted an update on the winter storm system hitting the Midwest on Thursday, saying the forecast has now changed to predict most snow will arrive south of Interstate 80 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. h.
Chicago will likely still see snow, despite the storm taking a mostly southerly track, according to the NBC 5 Storm team.
NBC 5 meteorologist Paul Deanno predicted a harsh winter and snow causing low visibility Thursday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Most of the snow is expected to fall before 6 p.m., according to the latest weather models. Authorities recommend staying off the roads as much as possible between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Storm team forecasts the following snowfall for Thursday evening and Friday morning:
- Extreme northwest suburb: 1 to 2 inches
- Northwest metropolitan area: 2 to 3 inches
- Chicago: 2 to 4 inches
- Southeast metropolitan area: 3 to 5 inches
- Far South and Northwest Indiana Counties: 5 to 9 inches
Friday and weekend
Once the winter system leaves the Chicago area, Friday will likely be partly cloudy and cold with highs in the mid 20s and lows 30s. A slight chance of flurries arrives later in the day.
Overall the weekend is likely to remain dry and sunny with highs in the mid 20s on Saturday and mid 40s on Sunday.