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Snowstorm starts Friday, ends Saturday

<p>Sun-Times Media &nbsp;| &nbsp;File</p>

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With winds blowing in excess of 45 mph and snow falling, the weather outside is indeed frightful, in spite of much warmer temperatures, as Thursday’s evening rush begins with low visibility for motorists, the National Weather Service said.

While the falling snow is expected to taper off around 6 p.m., there’s more bad news: A snowstorm Friday evening into Saturday morning could bring more than 6 inches of snow, according to meteorologist Kevin Birk.

And that snow will be coming from the southwest, which produces a wetter, moister type of snow, Birk said. That translates into slippery driving conditions, especially with snow expected to fall at about an inch a minute Saturday—maybe more, Birk said.

“Due to the heavy nature of snow you’re going to see snow rapidly accumulate on road ways,” he said. “On Saturday morning we’ll be getting an inch or more an hour—that is going to make roadways slippery quickly … Visibility will be half-a-mile or less.”

There is some good news, though.

“Temperatures will be fairly mild through the snowstorm,” Birk said. “But with the snow, we might not enjoy them. It won’t be anything like we experienced earlier this month”

Birk said Friday and Saturday’s highs should be around the low to mid-20s and should drop into the mid-teens later in the evening. He added winds will be around the “10 to 20 mph range.”

“All and all, it won’t be a good time to travel,” he said.

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