National Weather Service Forecast: Chicago Blizzard conditions to bring drizzle, snow, windy chills

By on Dec 12, 2010 in Current Events, United States, Weather, World Comments

A winter Chicago storm watch is ongoing as the National Weather Service (NWS) expects 2-4 inches of snow and much colder temperatures by Sunday, December 12, 2010, according to the NWS website.

The NWS forecasts that rain will fall on Saturday with cold air expected to immediately be felt in the area. Freezing drizzle and with rain and snow is expected fall late in the night.

Strong, gusty winds of up to 45 mph is also expected to prevail on Sunday during the peak of the storm.

The predicted two to four inches of snow in the Chicago area may easily go up in the Indiana area, specifically in Porter County.

The combination of snow and strong winds, will produce a considerable blowing, drifting and reduction of visibility.

Temperatures is expected to go 10-20 degrees below zero. Some areas may experience wind chills about 30 below zero.

Here is the complete Winter Storm Warning from NWS Website:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
1159 AM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

...SNOWFALL EXPECTED ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT...

.A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CHANGE RAIN TO A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW
LATE TONIGHT. ACCUMULATIONS WILL GENERALLY BE LIGHT. HOWEVER...ON
SUNDAY...AS AN UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM CROSSES THE
REGION...MORE SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED. THE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO
SUNDAY NIGHT WITH ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. BY MONDAY MORNING...SNOW
TOTALS ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM AROUND 1 INCH IN THE SOUTHWEST
TO 4 INCHES ACROSS THE NORTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU...INCLUDING THE
TOWNS OF JAMESTOWN AND BYRDSTOWN.

ADDITIONALLY...FRIGID CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. TEMPERATURES WILL BE
THE COLDEST OF THE SEASON SO FAR...AND GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL
DROP WIND CHILL VALUES INTO THE SINGLE DIGITS AND TEENS DURING THE
DAY ON SUNDAY. ON SUNDAY NIGHT...IT WILL FEEL EVEN COLDER AS WIND
CHILL VALUES DROP DOWN TO AS LOW AS ZERO DEGREES FOR MANY AREAS.

TNZ010-011-031>034-065-066-120200-
/O.UPG.KOHX.WW.Y.0013.101212T0600Z-101213T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KOHX.WS.W.0004.101212T1000Z-101213T1200Z/
CLAY-PICKETT-JACKSON-PUTNAM-OVERTON-FENTRESS-WHITE-CUMBERLAND-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CELINA...BYRDSTOWN...GAINESBORO...
COOKEVILLE...LIVINGSTON...JAMESTOWN...SPARTA...CROSSVILLE
1159 AM CST SAT DEC 11 2010

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST
MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4
AM SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY.

* LOCATION: THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THAT PORTION
  OF MIDDLE TN GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTHEAST OF A
  CELINA...GAINESBORO...COOKEVILLE...SPARTA...TO CROSSVILLE LINE.

* TIMING: RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW AROUND MIDNIGHT WITH GENERALLY
  LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT. THERE WILL BE A BREAK
  IN THE PRECIPITATION LATE SATURDAY NIGHT...BUT MORE SNOWFALL
  WILL RETURN ON SUNDAY ALONG WITH FRIGID AND BLUSTERY CONDITIONS.
  THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH SUNDAY EVENING.

* ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BY MONDAY
  MORNING.

* IMPACTS: SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP LATE SATURDAY NIGHT
  AS TEMPERATURES PLUMMET INTO THE 20S. PERIODS OF SNOW THROUGH
  THE DAY ON SUNDAY AND INTO SUNDAY NIGHT WILL CAUSE VERY
  DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AS ROADWAYS BECOME SNOW COVERED.
  SOME ROADWAYS MAY EVEN BECOME IMPASSABLE BY LATE SUNDAY NIGHT.
  THIS MAKES FOR AN ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION AS WIND CHILL
  VALUES WILL DROPPING TO AS LOW AS ZERO DEGREES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO
POSSIBLE.  THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.


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