Wednesday, January 11 2012

Summary:  A winter storm watch is in effect for northern Illinois, for the first decent snow storm of our belated winter season.  4 to 7 inches are expected between tonight and tomorrow night, with relatively high winds reducing visibility at times, followed by a surge of cold air tomorrow evening. 

Tonight:  Mostly clear in the evening becoming cloudy overnight.  Lows will be in the upper 20s with winds gradually increasing out of the northwest at 5 to 15 MPH. 

Thursday:  Snow throughout the day beginning as early as the morning rush hour.  Temperatures will be decreasing through the 20s with winds out of the northwest at 10 to 20 MPH, with gusts up to 30 possible in the afternoon.

Thursday night:  Windy and snow with lows in the lower teens.  Some potential lake effect snow may raise totals near the lake.  Winds will be out of the northwest at 10 to 20 MPH with gusts up to 30 at times.


Your long-term forecast:  A couple chances for some wet weather exist through the holiday weekend, as Saturday will have a slight chance of some light snow with Sunday remaining dry, though Monday, which will be a bit warmer, may also see some light rain or snow.  Daytime highs for the period will generally be increasing from the low 20s to the mid 30s, with overnight lows also increasing from the low teens to the mid 20s.

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