Chicago roads could be a mess Friday afternoon if a predicted rush hour snow storm hits. | Sun-Times file
Updated: December 13, 2013 6:08PM
Chicago’s brief yet bitter cold spell is over — for a short time anyway — but the area will get a blanket of snow in its place overnight.
If you’re going by the numbers, Friday’s high of 30 degrees (4 p.m. at O’Hare Airport) doesn’t seem too warm, but it’s a consolation many are thankful for.
Residents of west suburban Sugar Grove slept through the coldest temperature in the area early Thursday — minus-16 degrees. O’Hare clocked in at minus-3, while Romeoville hit minus-9.
But with the end of the bitter cold comes snow.
Storms moving northeast across central Illinois are expected to hit the southern suburbs by 5 or 6 p.m. and make their way north and east from there, National Weather Service meteorologist Casey Sullivan said.
As of about 6 p.m., the brunt of the storm was still south and west of a line from Peoria to Terre Haute, Ind., but it’s moving this way.
Snowfall amounts are expected to be relatively light Friday night. A dusting is expected by midnight from Elgin to O’Hare, with up to an inch on the ground south of I-80, Sullivan said. Flurries have already been reported in the Joliet area in the far northern sub urbs near the Wisconsin state line.
However, the intensity will pick up overnight and into Saturday, with 3-5 inches expected in the far southern suburbs and northwest Indiana by noon, Sullivan said.
Winter weather advisories for the Chicago area, including northwest Indiana, take effect at 10 p.m. Friday and last until 6 p.m. Saturday. Advisories for Kankakee, Will, Grundy, Jasper and Newton counties will begin at 6 p.m. The far south suburbs — south of I-80 — could get between 3 and 6 inches of snow by Saturday evening, the weather service told the Sun-Times.
Chicago could get between 2 and 4 inches, with the majority hitting areas closer to the lake, the weather service said. DuPage and Lake counties also should get more snow closer to the lake.
But not so fast. After the snow, the area will get another shot of bitter cold. Temperatures are expected to hit the single digits and low teens Saturday night, according to the weather service.