The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for northern Erie County, including the city of Erie, in effect until 6 p.m. today. Unlike December's storm, this one will have more areas seeing a wintry mix and plain rain.
A sharp gradient of snow is expected beginning late tonight in central IL and southernmost portions of the Chicago area, spreading north and east over much of northeast IL into northwest Indiana Saturday as low pressure tracks from the Texas Panhandle east through Tennessee. "We'll see snow develop over the area as the night progresses Friday", said Winters.
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The chance for snow will continue through noon Saturday and begin tapering off through the afternoon and evening hours, according to the weather service. A period of light snow likely breaks out statewide early Saturday before a warmer wedge of air moves northward.
The system will be moving out of the Kansas City, MO area by kick-off of the Chiefs vs. Colts game. As the system continues to move east toward the southeastern U.S. snow will spread into central Illinois Friday night and continue through the day Saturday. The snowfall may have the ability to impact travel through the weekend. Highs will be in the upper 30s-low 40s.
First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Joe Winters said the storm system will move into Eastern Iowa late Friday night. Wind chills will be held to the teens and 20s all day.