Much of the Chicago area is under a winter storm warning beginning Saturday morning, beginning in 2022 with heavy and steady snowfall at times and dangerous road conditions that prompted Illinois officials to urge drivers. to stay off the roads.
Here’s a breakdown of what to expect, and when, from NBC 5’s Team Storm.
9 am Saturday: The storm is coming. It may start out as rain or a rain / snow mix south of Chicago, but it will likely be all snow in Chicago and the north and west.
2 pm: The heaviest snow comes in, especially in the thin bands of “lake-enhanced” snow due to the flow of air coming out of the unfrozen water of Lake Michigan.
8 pm: The intensity of the snow begins to diminish, but the snow continues.
3 am Sunday: Snow ends in most of the Chicago area, but lake effect snow will continue in southern Cook County and northwestern Indiana.
Sunday at noon: All the snow is gone, but the wind chill will be in the single digits all afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 9 a.m. Saturday until midnight for much of the Chicago area. Previously, a winter storm watch was issued for the Chicago area from 6 a.m. Saturday through Sunday morning.
The Illinois Department of Transportation expects the winter storm to “create dangerous conditions across the state,” including extremely slippery conditions and poor visibility.
“IDOT crews will be on the road, but conditions could still be extremely dangerous, so we encourage motorists to ask themselves if they really need to make the trip,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman said in a statement. “If you have to travel, remember that cold and wind reduce the effectiveness of the materials we use to treat snow and ice. There will be long travel times, so be sure to prepare your vehicle in case you get stranded.” .
Forecasters say constant snow will be the main threat from the storm, causing dangerous travel conditions throughout the area.
Snow accumulations will vary widely depending on the path of the storm, but forecasters say accumulations of between four and six inches are possible, along with northeast winds with gusts of more than 35 miles per hour.
IDOT said more than 1,800 trucks and equipment will be deployed across the state to treat roads and respond to weather emergencies. Drivers are asked to slow down and increase driving distance if they come across a plow or maintenance vehicle.
If you must travel, IDOT recommends:
• Take it easy, especially when approaching intersections, ramps, bridges, and shady areas that are prone to icing.
• Make sure your gas tank is full.
• Have a cell phone, warm clothing, blankets, food, water, a first aid kit, windshield washer fluid, and an ice scraper in your vehicle.
• Check the forecast and make sure someone knows your route and schedule.
• Carry a cell phone with you and dial * 999 in the Chicago area for emergency assistance.
• Reminder: The use of cell phones while driving is illegal in Illinois, unless it is an emergency situation.
• If you are involved in a crash or breakdown, stay inside your vehicle, which is your safest form of shelter. Exiting your vehicle into live traffic can have fatal consequences.
• Always wear a seat belt, whether you are sitting in the front or rear seat. Is the law.