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Snow & Bitter Cold on the Way

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Yet another winter storm is moving into the area today. We are starting off with dry conditions and cloudy skies. However, this afternoon snow will overspread the area. A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 11 AM until Thursday morning for accumulating heavy snow. We could see anywhere from 2 inches in West Central IL to 5 inches towards I-55 corridor.

TIMING:

1 PM temps could rise into the middle to upper 30s for an hour or two this afternoon as the snow continues to approach the area.

4 PM Heavy snow has overspread the entire area and is causing slick and snow-packed roads. Be prepared for a slushy & slow evening commute home.

Snow will continue overnight as a second front approaches from the Northwest. This front will bring in Arctic air and Windy conditions.

As the snow is winding down just in time for the morning commute, the arctic front arrives and winds could be gusting to 30 mph at times with rapidly falling temps. The strong winds will create blowing & drifting snow that could cause reduced visibilities at times. Plus, rapidly falling temps could cause any water on roadways to freeze up.

Impacts:

The snow we're going to see this afternoon and overnight will be heavy and wet snow. Be careful when shoveling this snow, the cold temperatures can take a toll on your body in a matter of minutes. If you find yourself becoming winded while shoveling take a break inside to warm up. Typically with this heavy wet snow, we see an uptick in heart attack cases from people shoveling in the cold and overexerting themselves.

In addition to impacting the evening commute with moderate to heavy snow, arctic air will arrive on Thursday night as temperatures actually fall below zero. The coldest air we've seen so far this winter.

Joe Puma

Good Morning Illinois Meteorologist

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