Several Inches Of Snow To Hit Chicago During Friday Evening Commute

Sun-Times Media Wire
January 17, 2020 - 2:02 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Up to 4 inches of snow will hit the Chicago area Friday evening before temperatures plummet to below-zero wind chills over the weekend, forecasters say.

Commuters should beware of “rapidly changing” conditions, including sudden snowfall, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jake Petr.

“It will go from no snow to snowing pretty heavily,” Petr said. “Take it slow and give yourself enough time for where you need to go.”

At about 9 or 10 p.m. Friday, snow will change to sleet or freezing rain as warmer air pushes through, he said. Saturday morning will see mostly rain showers.

But, later Saturday morning, the precipitation will change back to patchy snow showers as a cold front moves in, Petr said.

Wind gusts of 45 mph are expected in the morning and afternoon, he said. Temperatures will reach the upper 30s.

Dangerously cold temperatures are expected early Sunday, with the Sunday morning windchill dropping to negative 15 degrees, Petr said.

Cook County government is reminding residents that warming centers are available during the daytime for those without adequate heating in their homes.

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