WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO NOON CST FRIDAY... * WHAT...A period of heavy snow possible with blowing snow likely. Precipitation may begin briefly as freezing rain. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible with highest amounts toward the Wisconsin state line. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. * WHERE...Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Lee Counties. * WHEN...From 9 AM Thursday to noon CST Friday. * IMPACTS...Plan on potentially very low visibility due to snow and blowing snow along with snow and ice covered roads. The possible dangerous travel conditions could impact the Thursday afternoon and evening commute. Blowing snow could continue to impact the Friday morning commute. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Sharply falling temperatures Thursday afternoon and evening could cause any lingering wet spots to freeze quickly. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.