Winter Weather Advisory Expands, Now Covers All of Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana – NBC Chicago

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The National Weather Service has extended an existing winter weather warning to all of northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, with snow expected to hinder traffic during the morning commute in most locations.

Per the latest guidance, the advisory will go into effect at various times across the area, with 1 to 6 inches of snow possible through Wednesday night, with parts of central Illinois and central Indiana seeing the heavier accumulations.

The new notice will take effect at midnight in LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Southern Cook, Will and Kankakee counties in Illinois, as well as in Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana.

Illinois counties will remain under that advisory until 6 p.m., as will Newton and Jasper counties, according to the advisory. Areas closest to Lake Michigan, including Lake and Porter counties in Indiana, will remain under warning until midnight on Thursday.

While exact snowfall forecasts are still being dialed in, the National Weather Service says the biggest accumulations are likely to be in central Illinois and Indiana, with Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties potentially seeing 3 to 6 inches of snow, with some locally higher totals possible.

In Illinois, areas south of Interstate 80 can see anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of buildup, with the morning commute largely impacted by snowfall.

Lake and DuPage counties, as well as northern and central Cook County, will go on alert at 3 a.m. and remain on alert until 9 p.m.

Areas closer to the lake may have slightly larger accumulations, with 2 to 4 inches of snow possible.

Finally, McHenry, DeKalb and Kane counties will be under alert from 3 am to 3 pm. Those counties are expected to see less heavy buildup, but road conditions on Wednesday morning could still be dangerous.

Wednesday’s blizzard is the first of several disturbances that could bring wintry weather to the area, with another clipper system expected to arrive on Friday and several more rounds of snow possible on Saturday and Sunday, according to the NBC 5 Storm Team.

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