A winter weather advice is in effect for several counties in the Chicago area Wednesday, warning of the potential for strong winds and windy snow that could make travel dangerous.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather forecast for most of northern Illinois and parts of northwest Indiana, as gusts of over 40 miles per hour can cause windy and snowy snow across the area through Wednesday night.
The warning described “near-ground snowstorm” conditions as likely with winds that will shift out of the west and will affect north-south roadways.
The advice is valid for McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, DuPage, Cook and Will counties in Illinois, along with Lake and Porter counties in Indiana, until 6 p.m.
In Kankakee County, Illinois, along with Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana, a wind farm will be in effect these hours.
According to forecasters, strong winds are expected to develop out of the south on Tuesday night, which will initially affect east-west lanes, but these winds will shift later and affect north-south roads for the duration of the advice.
These gusts can exceed 40 to 50 miles per hour in some places in the advisory area, causing dangerous travel conditions.
Wednesday morning, snowstorms could only exacerbate the problems, potentially affecting morning commuters and causing dangerous travel conditions throughout the region.
Forecasters with the NWS urge residents to consider postponing unnecessary travel in rural and outlying areas.
Another challenge will get in the way of rapidly falling temperatures, as chills are likely to fall below zero at dawn on Wednesday. High temperatures for the rest of the work week are not expected to come out of the teens, with chills hovering near or below zero until Saturday.