Now, a winter storm watch, or warning up north, for Saturday

  • Motorists Saturday could see some messy, slushy roads especially in the afternoon.

      Motorists Saturday could see some messy, slushy roads especially in the afternoon. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Daily Herald Report
Updated 4/26/2019 9:31 PM

Think the last snowfall is behind us? Think again.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say suburban residents -- especially those close to the Wisconsin state line -- could see rain quickly turning into accumulating, wet snow Saturday morning into evening.

A winter storm watch has been issued from Saturday afternoon through evening for Kane, DuPage and Cook counties, including the cities of Aurora, Elgin, Wheaton and Chicago.

The National Weather Service said rain will turn into heavy, wet snow early in the afternoon, with accumulations of 4 to 8 inches possible by Saturday evening.

And a winter storm warning is in effect from 1 to 11 p.m. in McHenry and Lake counties, with 5 to 8 inches expected. Woodstock and Waukegan are among the suburbs expected to be hit.

Winds could gust as high as 35 miles per hour, hampering visibility and interfering with travel.

The weather service said the heaviest snowfall could produce rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

If O'Hare sees more than 2.2 inches of snow from this system, it will be the greatest snowfall on record this late in the season, ABC 7 Chicago reports.

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