Winter storm watch for Thursday

Intensifying low pressure moving out of the plains will track northeast passing over the Chicago area Thursday bringing up to an inch of possibly thundery rain and strengthening winds. As the center of low pressure moves out over Lake Michigan, metro-area temperatures will fall 20 degrees into the upper 20s by evening as northwest winds gust to over 50 miles per hour and rain changes over to snow. Near-blizzard conditions will prevail Thursday night – especially to the north and west of Chicago where up to 6 inches could accumulate with a foot or more in southern and central Wisconsin.
Wednesday will be a day of preparation for the storm – thickening clouds with rain beginning to fall late in the day and then intensifying overnight. It will be the 291st consecutive day with no measurable snow here and the 22nd straight day with above-normal temperatures.

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