Snow expected before bitter cold hits Chicago this weekend


Areas to the north and west of the city could see 1-3 inches of snow, while some areas in the Poconos could see 3 inches or more, with the Lehigh Valley less likely to see any rain.

According to the National Weather Service, widespread snowfall amounts of 4-to-7 inches are in the forecast during that time, with sustained winds in excess of 15 miles per hour and gusts up to 30 miles per hour likely.

Northern tier counties and the extreme northwestern area of Luzerne County, near Ricketts Glen State Park, may receive additional accumulations of up to 18 inches of snow.

"A widespread 5-8" of snow are expected over the state by noon Saturday, but blowing snow will still be an issue throughout the afternoon and evening.

The advisory takes effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and lasts until 9 a.m. Thursday.

He says periods of wind driven snow will continue on Sunday particularly into the morning, and snow will continue at varying intensities into Sunday night. Depending on when the cold air arrives, the Wasatch Front could pick up 1-4 inches of snow by Friday morning. Significant snow accumulations are not now forecast for eastern Suffolk.

Once the precipitation stops, we won't be out of the woods.

Temperatures on Monday are not expected to climb out of the low teens. With the wind, wind chills are expected to be well below zero. An icy mix of snow and sleet is expected to drop along areas under the storm's southern stretch.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for southeast NY and parts of central and southern New Jersey as a powerful winter storm is expected to hit the area Saturday night into Sunday.