9 inches of snow, quarter inch of ice? Here's what you need to know about storm forecast

Here's what you need to know about storm that also could bring quarter-inch of ice

  • Forecasters are warning that a dangerous mix of snow and ice starting late Friday could hamper weekend travel throughout the suburbs.

    Forecasters are warning that a dangerous mix of snow and ice starting late Friday could hamper weekend travel throughout the suburbs. Daily Herald File Photo

 
 
Updated 1/9/2020 6:58 PM

A storm system moving into the Chicago area Friday could bring as much as 9 inches of snow by early Sunday, as well as up to a quarter-inch of ice accumulation, forecasters said.

As the jetstream pushes down from Canada, the suburbs could be along the line that sees the greatest effects of the storm, according to some weather models.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The far Northwestern suburbs could see 6 to 9 inches of snow Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologists in the Chicago bureau.

The forecasts for Kane and Lake counties call for 4 to 6 inches of snow.

Parts of McHenry County could see the worst of the storm, but most of the county and the northwestern portion of Cook County should also expect 4 to 6 inches of snow, according to current weather models.

Freezing rain is likely Friday night with ice accumulation of up to a quarter-inch, making driving perilous. Meteorologists said the sleet and freezing rain is expected to give way to snow Saturday evening.

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"Saturday is going to be messy," meteorologist Kevin Donofrio said.

Additionally, some parts of the region are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain Friday and Saturday, which could cause river flooding in some areas to the south.

High winds throughout the day Saturday are also expected to create shore flooding along Lake Michigan.

The forecasts show waves in the 12-foot to 16-foot range.

The storm is expected to let up some time early Sunday, meteorologists said.

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