The Chicago area will escape another major snowstorm as a post-Christmas storm bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions targets areas from the southern Midwest to the Northeast. While the Chicago Metro area will receive strong northeast winds and some light snow at times.. areas well south and east of the city from east-central Illinois through northwest Indiana can except accumulating snowfall with totals up to 3 inches along with blowing and drifting snow. Travel could become hazardous as roads become snow-covered and slippery and the visibility decreases. The National Weather Service has issued the following statement. ILZ033-INZ010-011-019-261845- IROQUOIS-NEWTON-JASPER-BENTON- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...WATSEKA...MOROCCO...RENSSELAER...FOWLER 931 AM CST WED DEC 26 2012 /1031 AM EST WED DEC 26 2012/ LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON MAINLY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM FOWLER TO RENSSELAER. PERIODS OF MODERATE SNOW AND EVEN BRIEF BURSTS OF HEAVY SNOW ARE ALSO POSSIBLE THROUGH EARLY THIS AFTERNOON...WITH SNOW ACCUMULATION EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES. IN ADDITION TO THE SNOW...STRONG NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO 35 MPH WILL OCCUR THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND ACCUMULATING SNOW COULD RESULT IN SNOW COVERED ROADS...WITH BLOWING SNOW REDUCING VISIBILITY TO A MILE OR LESS AT TIMES. ALL AREA TRAVELERS SHOULD USE CAUTION TODAY...BEFORE THIS SNOW EXITS LATER THIS EVENING. $$
Areas to the south and east of Chicago on the northwest fringe of a major winter snowstorm
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