Weather Update: Winter Storm Warning in Effect; Up to 8 Inches of Snow Possible By Tonight

OK, it's getting worse. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Kane County and the surrounding area.

This post was updated late Thursday morning with the latest forecast info for the Geneva area. The updates are below in bold.

The snowfall started this morning, and is still expected to be several inches in Geneva and the larger Chicago area.

Up to 8 inches could fall in town tonight. The National Weather Service this morning issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 9 a.m. Friday.

Snow will continue to fall at the rate of about an inch an hour. The heaviest amounts will fall this afternoon and early this evening.

Visibilities are expected to vary from a few miles to less than one mile in the heaviest of snowfall.

Strong winds will cause blowing snow this afternoon and possibly whiteout conditions. Travel conditions, especially in open areas, will be dangerous Thursday night into early Friday morning.

Please be extremely careful while driving today. Police are advising drivers to slow down.

"Snow plow crews are out but steady snow makes it hard for them to keep up," said an alert from North Aurora Police. "We have had several weather-related accidents and vehicles spinning out. The roads are slick."

Thursday Daytime/Afternoon Forecast

There will be areas of blowing snow late in the afternoon. The snow could accumulate between 2 to 4 inches. Temps will fall to the 20s with wind gusts of up to 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100 percent, according to the National Weather Service.

Thursday Evening Forecast

Blowing snow will continue into the evening. Additional accumulation could reach up to 2 to 4 inches, for a total snowfall of 4 to 8 inches. Low temps will fall between 10 to 14 degrees with wind gusts of up to 30 mph until the early morning. Chance of precip is now 100 percent in the evening, up from 90 percent.

Please check geneva.patch.com for any weather-related road incidents or school schedule changes.

These forecasts are courtesy of the National Weather Service.



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