Will Kane County get a big snowfall in 2020?
Weather officials were warning that we could get 4 inches of snow — and possibly more — Wednesday night into Thursday morning. That didn’t happen.
The National Weather Service Chicago reported 2 inches at O’Hare.
That said, more snow is expected over the weekend, and total accumulation over the four-day period could get up to those 4 inches.
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Friday Afternoon Lake Effect
It’s not going to happen in Kane County, but if you’re driving east, there is a chance for lake effect snow this afternoon (Friday, Feb. 7, 2020).
Lake effect snow showers will shift their focus primarily into northwest Indiana this morning and then likely come to an end around mid day.
More Snow on Weekend
The next weather disturbance will then track across central Illinois tonight, with light snow north of the track.
Minor accumulations of a coating to up to one inch are possible south of I-80. Any light accumulating snow will end by early Saturday, with on and off flurries possible Saturday afternoon.
A stronger weather disturbance will affect the region on Sunday, likely with a fairly short period of accumulating snow for much of the area and breezy southerly winds gusting up to 30-35 mph.
The precipitation will likely end as light rain or drizzle by mid to late Sunday afternoon into the early evening. Snow accumulations of 1 inch to 3 inches are favored along and north of I-80, with the highest amounts likely near the Wisconsin border.
Kane County Forecast
Here is the official forecast for Kane County, IL, courtesy of the National Weather Service Chicago as of noon Friday:
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. West wind around 5 mph.
Saturday: A chance of flurries after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Sunday: Snow before 3pm, then rain, possibly mixed with snow. High near 34. South southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of drizzle before 11pm, then a slight chance of freezing drizzle between 11pm and midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 21.
State Declares Lake Michigan Disaster
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has issued a state disaster proclamation for Cook County and Lake County to help communities recover from the Jan. 10 winter storm that caused substantial property damage along more than 30 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The declaration is the first step to allow municipalities to apply for federal funding as they respond to and recover from the effects of severe storms and flooding.
For the latest forecasts, go to: https://www.weather.gov/Chicago
SOURCE: NWS Chicago