Winter Storm Watch Friday Night, Saturday

Winter Storm Watch Friday Night, Saturday

A Winter Storm Watch will be in effect starting Friday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of central and southern IL - with as many as 7 inches of snow forecast. A heavy, wet snow is expected with the storm as temperatures hover near the freezing mark.

Since we are dealing with precip. type changes, fine-tuning will likely be needed as we get closer to the start of the snow later Saturday night.

If you have any travels tonight or tomorrow you will want to give yourself extra time, patience, and caution.

A Winter Weather Advisory means snow could cause travel difficulties.

Weather service forecasters say the Chicago area can expect between 1 and 3 inches of snow late Friday and into Saturday. With highs in the mid 30s, wind chills will be in the 20s thanks to a north wind that could gust as high as 20 miles per hour. There still could be slick conditions traveling home from the game due to freezing drizzle, but weather conditions should improve late Saturday night into early Sunday. They dropped into the upper 20s around the Baltimore region early Thursday morning after a cold front moved through Wednesday, and peaked in the mid- to upper 30s Thursday afternoon.

There is high confidence the event will occur and there is moderate confidence regarding snow and ice amounts as well as impacts. The more snow pack that remains, the colder it will stay.