Winter Storm WATCH Thursday Night through Friday

A Winter Storm WATCH has been issued for Lee County beginning 6pm Thursday through 6pm Friday evening.

Light snow overnight will leave some slippery road conditions this morning, so leave plenty of time to reach your destination.

Another light snow event is possible overnight into Thursday morning. As of now accumulations under half an inch can be expected.

Strong signals continue to point to a possible long-duration snow event beginning Thursday evening and lasting through much of the day Friday. Plenty of moisture and moderate to strong forcing form this storm system could produce new snowfall totals of 5 to 8 inches with isolated higher amounts in spots. This will significantly impact travel throughout the day Friday. Below is a simulation showing a widespread area of snow over much of northern Illinois midday Friday.

There is still plenty of time for the heaviest axis of snowfall to shift either to the north or the south, so stay tuned to later forecasts. More advisories are likely to be issued by this afternoon.

Another storm system could also bring additional snowfall accumulations on Saturday, though at this time those appear to be the on the lighter side.