Winter Weather

Freezing Rain, Frigid Temps Coming This Weekend

A winter weather roller coaster is coming to Chicago starting Friday night and extending into next week.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight until noon Saturday for several counties in the Chicago area.

The alert includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Jasper, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties in Illinois and Lake, LaPorte and Newton counties in Indiana.

The advisory warns that mixed precipitation, light snow and sleet will move into the area late Friday and will transition to freezing rain and freezing drizzle during the morning hours Saturday. The wet weather will then turn to rain and drizzle by the afternoon hours.

A few inches of snow accumulation is possible.

Light ice accumulation is possible and could make for tough travel conditions.

Temperatures will warm up to 35 degrees for a high on Saturday. An icy mix is expected to develop again late Saturday, changing over to snow overnight.

By Sunday, frigid temperatures are forecast to move in as snow moves out, leaving anywhere from 1 to 3 inches.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 20s and will keep falling early in the week.

It's a coincidental reminder that at this time last year the Chicago area experienced a similar drop in temps for the polar vortex.

Temps will drop into the teens early in the week and possibly even reach 0 degrees with wind chills dipping 15 to 25 degrees below zero.

As of Friday, Wednesday is forecast to be the coldest day with a high of just 5 degrees.

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