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WINTER STORM WATCH

WINTER STORM WATCH
Winter Storm Watch for Cook, IL
Issued by The National Weather Service
Chicago, IL
… WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* TIMING… RAIN TRANSITIONS TO WET SNOW IN THE MID MORNING HOURS. A NARROW BAND OF HEAVY WET SNOW WILL FORM SOMEWHERE OVER THE WATCH AREA AROUND NOON THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON. LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW WILL THEN CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY EVENING.

* SNOW RATES… 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WITH OVER 2 INCHES PER HOUR EXPECTED WITHIN THE HEAVY SNOW BAND.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… 3 TO 7 INCHES… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE UNDER THE NARROW BAND.

* WINDS… WEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH.

* MAIN IMPACT… TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT WITH TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE WITHIN THE NARROW BAND OF HEAVY WET SNOW. VISIBILITIES WILL VARY FROM AROUND ONE MILE OUTSIDE OF THE BAND TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER OF A MILE WITHIN THE SNOW BAND.

* OTHER IMPACTS… THE HEAVY WET NATURE OF THE SNOW WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SHOVEL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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