The Chicago area could see some accumulating snow Friday afternoon and evening as a fast-moving winter system threatens to dump anywhere from 3 to 5 inches in some locations. Here's what you need to know about what's to come.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of northeast Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana, beginning at noon Friday and ending at midnight Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Counties included in the advisory are DeKalb, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Will, and Kankakee in Illinois and Lake, Porter, Newton, and Jasper in Indiana.
Friday morning models showed snow beginning to move into the area around 1 p.m., but that could happen even sooner, with flakes possible around 11 a.m. and noon in some locations.
The heaviest snowfall is expected between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
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Snow is expected to become more widespread around 3 p.m. and continue through the afternoon and evening rush hour before moving out by mid- to late-Friday evening.
The highest totals are expected south of Interstate 80, though much of the Chicago area is expected to see between 2 and 4 inches. Areas far north of the city may only see between 1 and 2 inches.
Temperatures stay cold Friday, with highs in the teens and wind chills near 0, well-below average for this time of year.
Wind gusts will be minimal Friday, but will pick up by Saturday, sending wind chills plummeting.