Forecast: Winter storm warning, 4 to 8 inches expected

Powerful winter storm will impact the region later this morning into the afternoon, producing significant snowfall across the region. The snow will likely be very heavy at times with near zero visibility and could even be accompanied by thunder and lightning in spots! Snowfall rates with the most intense snow bands could reach over 2-3" per hour making traveling near impossible as snow crews cannot keep up with such intense snowfall. Any unnecessary travel should be avoided this afternoon.

Powerful winter storm will impact the region later this morning into the afternoon, producing significant snowfall across the region. The snow will likely be very heavy at times with near zero visibility and could even be accompanied by thunder and lightning in spots! Snowfall rates with the most intense snow bands could reach over 2-3″ per hour making traveling near impossible as snow crews cannot keep up with such intense snowfall. Any unnecessary travel should be avoided this afternoon.

 “The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Chicago area that is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight with snow predicted to start falling at 9 a.m., said officials.

Officials said today will be windy with a chance of light snow and light freezing rain this morning. In the afternoon, visibility is expected to be a quarter mile or less, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow accumulation will be between 4 to 8 inches in some areas with highs in the 20s, said officials.

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