Snow begins Thursday afternoon; Friday morning commute possibly messy

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The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for DeKalb, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, LaSalle, Grundy, Kane, and Kendall Counties from 6 p.m. until midnight Friday. "We'll see more snow Thursday night into Friday (could be 3-6") and another several inches could fall from Sat. PM to Sun. AM.

"Expect a hard Friday morning commute, especially south of Milwaukee and Madison and into northern IL", according to the National Weather Service.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. A storm in February 2015, logging in at 16.2 inches, was the last time Chicago had more than 10 inches of snow in a single storm.

FlightAware.com, which tracks airline traffic, said about 1,050 US flights were canceled, with about one in five flights into or out of Chicago and Detroit airports called off, per Reuters. Wind chill values could be as low as -5 degrees.

The weather service issued a winter storm watch for the southernmost tier of Wisconsin counties along the IL state line, as well as Jefferson, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Up to an inch of snow is possible.

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Rachel Linn shared a photo of a tranquil snow-covered street early Friday. Snow is expected to spread across much of northern Iowa Thursday afternoon and continue to spread southward into central Iowa Thursday night.

A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for Great Falls and will continue under tomorrow afternoon.

About 750 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 300 flights were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday morning. We have HIGH CONFIDENCE in snow falling on Saturday (afternoon/evening) and bitterly cold weather.

Sunday and Monday are dry with highs in the teens Sunday and 20s on Monday.

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