Wild 24 Hours of Weather: A Breakdown of What to Expect

The Chicago area is set to see plenty of rain and possibly even some snow Wednesday and into Thursday, but that won't be the only weather event hitting the city before Friday.

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Rain will continue on and off throughout the day Wednesday and into the evening hours, with a limited thunderstorm risk that could bring hail and flooding to some locations, particularly areas south of Chicago. Track the rain on our interactive radar here.
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Overnight, that rain may transition to snow in some parts, depending on how fast temperatures fall. The snow could accumulate on the ground in some areas, likely in northwest Indiana.
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Models differ on projected snow totals for the area. The Global Model, shown here, estimates no more than a dusting to close to a half-inch of accumulation possible by Thursday afternoon. While this wouldn't be much, it could still impact morning commuters.
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Another model, the North American model, shows a dusting possible across parts of the Chicago area and anywhere from 1-4 inches in northwest Indiana.
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A Wind Advisory takes effect in Cook County in Illinois and Lake and Porter Counties in northwest Indiana from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 4 a.m. Thursday. In Lake County, the advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday.
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Then, in Cook County, a High Wind Warning kicks in at 4 a.m. and remains in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday. The same warning is in effect in Lake and Porter counties in Indiana until 7 p.m. Thursday.
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The weather alert warns of sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph, especially near Lake Michigan. Such gusts could damage trees, power lines and personal property, the National Weather Service warns.
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A Lakeshore Flood Warning takes effect at 4 a.m. Thursday in Cook County in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. The alert remains in effect until 1 a.m. Friday and warns that winds gusting to 50 mph and higher could build waves of 15 to 22 feet, possibly even higher. The waves will likely cause lakeshore flooding for parts of the area, including the Chicago lakefront.
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Things will likely turn more spring-like Friday, with a special treat heading into the weekend.
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