Winter Weather Advisory Prompts Local Snow Emergencies

Winter storm warning Feb 06 2018

Winter storm warning Feb 06 2018

"The Friday morning rush is gonna be trouble", National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Mott had told the Chicago Tribune.

That would be a significant improvement over the forecast from Thursday night, when it appeared the Chicago area could see as much as 12 inches by Friday afternoon, and up to 17 inches by Sunday.

Friday, snow with a high near 24.

"Accumulations are forecast to range from 6 inches or more across much of New England, to as much as a foot in the Adirondacks", the NWS said.

Chicago is expect accumulation of 8 to 14 inches by Friday night.

“The snowfall for today will taper off this afternoon and end sometime around 6 and 9 p.m.,” Frey said.

A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday night as 6-10 inches of snow is expected to fall in northern IL.

"Proactive cancellations allow our customers either more time to reschedule their travel plans or the ability to reroute their trip, utilizing other connection points in our network to complete their travel", Southwest said about its preemptive cancellations in the Midwest.

A weak system tracks through on Saturday bringing more snow showers to the area.

The latest winter storm is fueled by an impulse of energy flowing through a broad southward dip in the jet stream - lifting moist air over a surface frontal system. The heavy snow is forecast to move into upstate NY and New England by early Saturday.

To the east, snow emergencies have been declared in many metro Detroit communities, according to CNN affiliate WDIV.

Heading into the weekend the biggest concern for SW Montana will be the bitter cold temperatures especially during the morning as wind chills will likely dip below zero Saturday.

Borremans said skies should be mostly sunny both Sunday and Monday, with the high reaching 27 on Monday.

Ice and snow covered Chicago's expressways, where there were at least 25 crashes overnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Staff with the roads department is working regular shifts until the snow begins to fall, in that case all available employees will be called to work throughout the storm to plow the roads.

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