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7pm Hour Update:
Steady snow with likely rates of 1/2″ to 1″ per hour will overspread areas north of I-80 between about 8pm and 10pm, then gradually overspread the rest of the area through early Saturday morning.
Once the steady snow arrives, expect road conditions to deteriorate fairly quickly with temperatures below freezing.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for northern Illinois and northwest Indiana beginning this afternoon and continuing into Saturday afternoon. Snow will move in to northern Illinois in the mid to late afternoon and then overspread the remainder of the area through the evening. Periods of moderate to occasionally heavy snow is possible overnight into Saturday morning. Wind will gust as high as 35 mph tonight and into Saturday. This will result in blowing and drifting snow, especially in open and rural areas. The snow will diminish from the west Saturday afternoon. The snow totals listed are only for the event through Saturday afternoon, and do not include lake effect snow, which will start up Saturday evening and continue through Sunday.