Several Inches of Snow Possible as Winter Storm Watch Issued for Parts of Chicago Area

A Winter Storm Watch beginning Friday night warns of up to 9 inches of snow possible in some locations

Part of the Chicago area will be under a Winter Storm Watch heading into the weekend, with several inches of snow possible for some suburbs.

The watch begins Friday night and continues through Saturday afternoon for DeKalb, LaSalle, Will, Kankakee, Kendall and Grundy counties in Illinois and Newton and Jasper counties in northwest Indiana.

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Anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow will be possible with the system far south and west of the city, but several factors will likely limit accumulation north of Interstate 80. Those factors include the potential for a strong easterly wind, which would feed in dry air, and temperatures at or above freezing.

Currently, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s along the lakefront, making way for a possible rain-snow mix as the precipitation moves through.

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While a few light rain showers will be possible late Friday evening, the main band of precipitation will develop after midnight and continue through Saturday morning.

The snow and rain could make for hazardous travel conditions across the area.

The system will likely move out by Saturday afternoon, making way for a mostly sunny and cool Sunday.

This forecast is developing. Check back with Storm Team 5 as we monitor for the latest updates.

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