A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Kankakee County, according to the National Weather Service.
The advisory, which also coveres Livingston County, will last until 9 p.m. as two-to-four inches of snow are forecasted to fall on the area.
Steady, moderate to heavy snow began to pelt much of the area late Thursday night and left several inches of accumulation by dawn. The NWS warned that heavy snowfall will make driving conditions difficult, particularly during Friday morning’s rush hour. What to Expect in the Biggest Snowstorm of the Season So Far
Road conditions could be slippery, according to the advisory, and visibility could be limited in some aresa.
A Winter Storm Warning also remains in effect across the entire Chicago area and northwest Indiana Friday, as the biggest snowstorm of the season so far hits the region.
The warning for DuPage, Cook, La Salle, Kendall, Grundy, Will counties in Illinois, and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana, went into effect at 6 p.m. on Thursday and was was extended to last through Friday at 6 p.m.
The warning in place for Lee, DeKalb, Kane counties in Illinois went into effect at 6 p.m. on Thursday as well, but expired at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.
Steady, moderate to heavy snow began to pelt much of the area late Thursday night and left several inches of accumulation by dawn. The NWS warned that heavy snowfall will make driving conditions difficult. What to Expect in the Biggest Snowstorm of the Season So Far
After this round of snow, the winter weather won’t be done yet. Another wave will arrive late Friday night and into Saturday morning.
Winter Weather Advisory Issued as More Snow Expected Overnight
That band of snow will likely be out of the area by the late-morning hours Saturday ahead of yet another round of snow Saturday evening and into Sunday morning.
The National Weather Service in Riverton has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the lower elevations of Natrona County until 8:00 a.m. Saturday. NWS Meteorologists say snow and sharply colder temperatures will continue to spread southward across north and central Wyoming Friday and gusty north winds will result in bitter cold wind chill temperatures.
Any light snowfall on Sunday will likely taper off in the morning before clouds break for sun in the afternoon – though it will still be cold with highs in the upper 20s.
Overall, by the end of the weekend, parts of the Chicago area could see a total of more than a foot of snow on the ground over the course of the week, including the 1 to 3 inches of accumulation from the snowfall late Tuesday night into Wednesday – though snow totals will likely fluctuate as the system continues to move through the area.
Expect heavy snow at times, especially through the first half of the day. We could see some breaks in the snow late in the afternoon, but plan for slow travel on the roads throughout the day. Snow totals of 4-8" are expected around metro Detroit; with higher totals farther south. Highs in the upper 20s. Wind: ENE 10 mph.
Heavy snow is blanketing much of southeast Michigan and will continue into this evening, expecting to taper off about 8 p.m.
Kirk Weston, St. Clair County Road Commission managing director, said crews are continuing to work on keeping the interstates and primary roads clear.
“We’re going to be here for the duration obviously, but it will be all weekend and into Monday for clean up,” he said.
Weston said he’s been told by crews on the western edge of the county the intensity of the snow appeared to be picking up about 12:30 p.m.
“It’s snowing everywhere around southeast Michigan,” said Brian Tilley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service forecast office in White Lake Township.
“Right now we’re looking at 4 to 7 inches for the I-69 to M-59 corridor. It’s ongoing here this morning and it’s going to be continuing pretty much throughout the day, diminishing in the evening.”
“Traveling may be extremely dangerous during periods of heavy snowfall over the next two days,” said Michigan State PoliceCapt. Chris A. Kelenske, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, in a news release. “If you can stay home, we encourage you to do so. Minimizing the number of vehicles on the roads, will help snowplows clear roads quicker and safer.”
Motorists can check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at www.michigan.gov/roadconditions. Major road closures can be found at www.michigan.gov/drive.
For more information on how to prepare before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit www.michigan.gov/miready or follow the state police on Twitter at @MichEMHS.