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Significant Snow, Ice Expected Tonight, Saturday; Six Inches or More of Snow in Some Areas

Light snow is expected this evening and will become heavier overnight for much of the Chicago area.

The blue areas on the map indicate counties where a winter weather watch will be in effect from 12 a.m. Feb. through 6 p.m. Feb. 1. Credit: National Weather Service
The blue areas on the map indicate counties where a winter weather watch will be in effect from 12 a.m. Feb. through 6 p.m. Feb. 1. Credit: National Weather Service
The Chicago area is expected get hit with a significant amount of snow late Friday through Saturday afternoon. 

A winter weather watch will take effect at 12 a.m. on Feb. 1 for Will, DuPage, Grundy, Lake, Cook, McHenry, DeKalb and Boone counties — as well as for more counties throughout northern Illinoiis— and will remain in effect through 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. 

Light snow is expected to start this afternoon through this evening. More steady snow will develop later tonight and continue through Saturday afternoon with as much as six inches of snow or more expected in some areas, according to the NWS. 

Some other areas could see ice accumulations. The accumulating snow and ice will result in hazardous driving conditions. Travel through area airports could also be significantly impacted. 

Snow is expected mainly north of a line from Streator to Joliet to Chicago, according to weather reports. South of that line, the potential for snow mixed with sleet is possible. 

WATCH: The National Weather Service briefing in the video above posted at 5 a.m. Friday provides more details on this storm. 

Check the National Weather Service in Chicago for more information. 
kittenmalibu January 31, 2014 at 02:15 PM
I hope the Village reads this, because there are STILL unplowed side streets that need attention.
Harold Sullivan January 31, 2014 at 02:44 PM
They do read it. And yes, they could do a better job. Some of us are still slipping and sliding on the side streets. Also, the city should consider new parking rules for snow as cars blocking the snow plows is happening more often.
Martin Tully February 03, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Many thanks for your patience. Please bring snow plowing and snow removal issues to the Village's attention at one of the two numbers: Public Works Department: (630) 434-5460 Community Response Center: (630) 434-2255 Also, here is a link to the Village's snow removal policy, which tries to balance high quality service and available resources. Please note, as well, that not all streets located in the Village are under its jurisdiction. http://www.downers.us/res/traffic-and-streets/snow-removal Stay safe and warm out there, it has been a tough winter for everyone.

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