Service Alert for Monday, 3/4: Winter Storm Watch in Effect Tuesday from 3 a.m. to Midnight, 4-6″ Snow to Hit Service Area

The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TUESDAY TO MIDNIGHT CST TUESDAY NIGHT.

* TIMING…LIGHT SNOW IS IS EXPECTED TO SPREAD ACROSS NORTHEAST ILLINOIS TONIGHT AND BECOME MORE INTENSE TOWARD DAYBREAK TUESDAY AND PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATION…6 TO 9 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

* OTHER IMPACTS…SNOW WILL LIKELY FALL HEAVILY AT TIMES FROM LATE TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY EVENING. ACCUMULATION RATES OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE AT TIMES MAKING SNOW REMOVAL DIFFICULT AND TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. THIS WILL IMPACT BOTH RUSH HOURS ON TUESDAY…WITH THE HIGHER POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOWFALL DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING RUSH HOUR.

* OTHER IMPACTS…NORTHERLY WINDS GUSTING TO 25 TO 30 MPH AT TIMES LATER TUESDAY INTO TUESDAY NIGHT MAY CAUSE BLOWING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. CONSIDER ONLY TRAVELING IF IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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