A winter weather advisory was extended through Sunday for parts of the Chicago and Indiana area, as freezing rain is expected to move on Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service issued the advisory from 3 p.m. Saturday to midnight Sunday for DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall and LaSalle counties, as well as parts of Cook and Will counties in Illinois, it said. the NWS. The advisory also includes Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter counties in northwestern Indiana.
Drizzle and light rain are about to hit late into the evening hours across the region, according to the NBC 5 storm team.
If the freezing weather weren’t enough, a freezing drizzle is expected for parts of the weekend, resulting in potentially dangerous road conditions.
In freezing temperatures, drizzle is likely to create icy conditions, particularly on sidewalks, parking lots, bridges, overpasses, and back roads.
While air temperatures are projected to rise above freezing at night, probably in the low to mid 30s, ground and pavement temperatures may not rise as rapidly, resulting in conditions of ice in untreated areas, forecasters said.
Drivers are advised to plan for additional travel time, check conditions before driving, and slow down while on the road.
Once the weather system shifts, the Chicago area will have one more day of well below average temperatures.
The highs will be back in their teens on Monday, along with the possibility of snow showers early in the morning. Tuesday is expected to warm slightly in the top 20 with mostly sunny skies.
By Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures should reach 30 degrees with plenty of sun, according to the latest weather models.