Snow blankets Chicagoland: 4-7″ of snow expected
Heavy snow and freezing rain is letting up across the Chicago area — especially to the north and northwest — so the Winter Storm Warning for that area has been lowered.
Mostly light to occasionally moderate snowfall will still be observed in central sections, while freezing rain mixed with snow will occur in southern sections into the afternoon.
Therefore, the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for Du Page, Cook, Kendall, Grundy, La Salle, Will, Kankakee, and Livingston Counties in Illinois, and Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana for a storm total snowfall of 4 to 7 inches and freezing rain/sleet mixed with snow south of a line from Streator to Joliet to Gary.
The Winter Weather Advisory for a potential mix of freezing rain/sleet, along with a 3 to 5 inches total snowfall, remains in effect for Iroquois and Ford Counties in Illinois, and Newton, Benton and Jasper Counties in Indiana until 6 p.m.
As the center of low pressure accelerates east – moving out of southeastern Illinois into Indiana Saturday afternoon — the heaviest snowfall/freezing rain will occur closer to the center of low pressure in southeast Illinois and east over central Indiana into Ohio. Snowfall is hanging back to the north and west, so that occasional light snow will still occur over the Chicago area Saturday afternoon, before eventually ending from west to east.