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Winter Storm Watch, Jan 19, 1:00pm

posted Jan 19, 2012, 12:26 PM by Brian Donahoe   [ updated Jan 19, 2012, 12:28 PM ]
Lake County and surrounding areas are facing very cold temperatures overnight tonight followed by the potential for intense snowfall during the day and evening on Friday. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 6:00 a.m. through midnight on Friday, January 20th.

Lake County Emergency Management continues to monitor this evolving situation, and remains in contact with our partners at the National Weather Service, Lake County SKYWARN, and the Lake County Division of Transportation. While forecast models are generally in close agreement on the track of this storm, there is still some uncertainty in exact amounts of snow. The official forecast across Lake County ranges from two to eight inches of snow, and most areas are likely to see snow amounts in that range. Some forecast models are suggesting that there may be some lake-enhanced snow possible early on Saturday, which could add another inch or two to snow totals. The most intense snowfall is expected Friday afternoon into the evening, potentially creating challenges for commuters and anyone else attempting travel Friday evening.

Please continue to monitor your usual weather information sources for ongoing updates. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, make sure their vehicles are ready for winter driving, and to have appropriate winter clothing and supplies in their vehicle. The Lake County Division of Transportation's PASSAGE system provides detailed road and travel information for Lake County. For real-time, local traffic and road information, including incidents and closures, visit www.lakecountypassage.com . You can also sign up for email alerts customized to your route, and Android and I-Phone mobile device apps are available to report incidents directly to PASSAGE.

Below is the text of most recent version of the Winter Storm Watch for Lake County and surrounding areas. Updated information can be found at the NWS Chicago website http://www.weather.gov/Chicago

 

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URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL

1004 AM CST THU JAN 19 2012

 

...DEVELOPING WINTER STORM TO BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO

NORTHERN ILLINOIS FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...

 

A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING

THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

 

* TIMING...SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER NORTHWEST ILLINOIS

  AROUND DAYBREAK FRIDAY AND QUICKLY SPREAD ACROSS NORTHERN

  ILLINOIS...INCLUDING THE CHICAGO METRO AREA...BY LATE FRIDAY

  MORNING. THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

  TAPERING OFF TO LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES BY EARLY SATURDAY

  MORNING.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...STORM TOTAL SNOW AMOUNTS IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES

  ARE POSSIBLE.

 

* HAZARDS...THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS LIKELY TO FALL FROM FRIDAY

  AFTERNOON INTO EARLY FRIDAY EVENING...WHEN SNOWFALL RATES OF

  UP TO ONE INCH PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW

  COVERED AND DIFFICULT TO MAINTAIN IF THESE SNOWFALL RATES

  MATERIALIZE. TRAVEL ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS WILL BECOME

  DIFFICULT AND PERHAPS DANGEROUS.

 

* IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED

  TRAVEL TIMES BY LATE FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT. THE

  HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BE FALLING DURING THE FRIDAY

  AFTERNOON AND FRIDAY EVENING RUSH HOUR COMMUTE. VERY COLD

  TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS MAY ALSO MAKE SALT LESS EFFECTIVE

  MAKING IT HARDER FOR ROAD CREWS TO KEEP ROADS CLEAR OF SNOW AND

  ICE. THE SNOW WILL RESULT IN SIGNIFICANT DELAYS AND

  CANCELLATIONS AT CHICAGO AREA AIRPORTS.

 

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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Lake County Departments and Agencies will continue to monitor this evolving weather situation. Lake County Emergency Management (LCEMA) is prepared to help partner units of local government through resource coordination and information updates as needed. As always, LCEMA staff can be reached at 847-377-7100 during normal business hours.

Unless the forecast or situation changes significantly, LCEMA does not anticipate providing any further updates about this weather situation.

 

Kent

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