2ND UPDATE: Blizzard Warning In Effect, Heaviest Snowfall Expected This Evening
More than a foot of snow is expected by Wednesday afternoon during a blizzard warning for our area. The heaviest snowfall will occur before 3 a.m., according to the National Weather Service in Chicago.
The National Weather Service-issued blizzard warning for our area began today at 3 p.m., and the heaviest snowfall from the storm is expected to come between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Elburn, IL measured 2.5 inches of snow from 9 p.m. Monday to 1 p.m. today, according to a trained weather spotter.
Some areas will see isolated, snow-producing thunderstorms in the evening. These storms could have snowfall rates of more than 4 inches per hour, according to the National Weather Service.
Snow accumulation of 1 foot or more is expected throughout much of Kane County and the greater Chicago area through Wednesday afternoon.
Do not travel unless absolutely necessary during the storm.
Snow accumulation rates will range between 1 to 2 inches per hour, according to the weather service. Snowfall between 10 to 16 inches is likely out west toward Rockford and Dixon. The heaviest snowfall totals, up to 20 inches, are possible downwind of Lake Michigan and in northwest Indiana.
Whiteout conditions are expected in the evening as large snow and strong winds will persist throughout much of the area, according to the National Weather Service. Motorists should not travel during this period because of blowing snow and poor visibility.
If motorists cannot avoid travel, the weather service advises to bring a winter survival kit. If stranded, remain in your vehicle until help arrives.
Weather and driving conditions deteriorated quickly in the mid- to late afternoon as snow intensified south of Interstate 80 and gradually spread into northern Illinois and across the Wisconsin state line.
Northeast winds will range between 25 to 35 mph by late afternoon. Wind gusts will likely build to range between 40 to 50 mph in the evening.
Check weather reports throughout the day for the latest updates on this storm.