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Winter Storm Warning Issued for LaPorte County

LaPorte County has already been pounded with snow this week, but they're going to get even more on Friday night, according to the National Weather Service. 

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the county, as the NWS says the area could receive 1-to-3 inches of fresh lake-effect snow in the overnight hours. Localized amounts of up to four inches or more could call in the area, leading to the warning. 

The National Weather Service says that travel will be "very hazardous or impsosible," and encourages motorists to keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in their car if they have to travel. 

The wintry blast will also impact areas closer to Chicago, as a Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for numerous counties in Northeast Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m. Friday night, and will last until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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Wind chills could drop as low as 25 degrees below zero in some areas, according to the Advisory, and residents are advised to once again bundle up and to avoid staying outside for prolonged periods of time.

McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee counties in Illinois are all under the advisory, and Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana are also impacted by the frigid temperatures.

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Kenosha County in Wisconsin will also be under an advisory beginning at 9 p.m. Friday night, according to the NWS.

Saturday’s forecasted high in Chicago is only expected to reach 14 degrees, which would tie a record for most consecutive days featuring high temperatures below 20 degrees. That record likely won’t be broken on Sunday, as high temperatures are finally expected to hit more seasonable levels in the mid-30’s. 

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