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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
338 AM CST TUE DEC 23 2014

ILZ003>006-008-010>014-019>023-032-033-039-INZ001-002-010-011-019-
231600-
WINNEBAGO-BOONE-MCHENRY-LAKE IL-OGLE-LEE-DE KALB-KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-
LA SALLE-KENDALL-GRUNDY-WILL-KANKAKEE-LIVINGSTON-IROQUOIS-FORD-
LAKE IN-PORTER-NEWTON-JASPER-BENTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...ROCKFORD...BELVIDERE...WOODSTOCK...
WAUKEGAN...OREGON...DIXON...DEKALB...AURORA...WHEATON...CHICAGO...
OTTAWA...OSWEGO...MORRIS...JOLIET...KANKAKEE...PONTIAC...
WATSEKA...PAXTON...GARY...VALPARAISO...MOROCCO...RENSSELAER...
FOWLER
338 AM CST TUE DEC 23 2014 /438 AM EST TUE DEC 23 2014/

...PERIOD OF HEAVY WET SNOW POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY...

THERE ARE GROWING INDICATIONS THAT RAIN WILL CHANGE TO A PERIOD OF
HEAVY WET SNOW DURING THE DAY WEDNESDAY AND POSSIBLY CONTINUING
INTO WEDNESDAY EVENING OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS OR
NORTHWEST INDIANA. THE AREAL EXTENT OF THE HEAVY SNOW BAND IS
EXPECTED TO BE RELATIVELY SMALL...HOWEVER IF IT DEVELOPS AS
FORECAST COULD RESULT IN SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO LOCALLY OVER 2
INCHES PER HOUR AND NEAR WHITE OUT VISIBILITIES IN HEAVY SNOW. THE
EXPECTED LOCALIZED NATURE OF THE FORECAST HEAVY SNOW MAKES IT
DIFFICULT TO PINPOINT WHERE EXACTLY IT WILL OCCUR WITH SOME
SUGGESTIONS IT COULD BE AS FAR EAST AS NORTHWEST INDIANA OR
POSSIBLY AS FAR WEST AS ROCKFORD AND DIXON.

THE MAJORITY OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST
INDIANA WILL LIKELY ONLY EXPERIENCE LIGHT...IF ANY...SNOW
ACCUMULATIONS. HOWEVER...WHERE THE HEAVY SNOW BAND SETS UP...THERE
IS A POTENTIAL FOR A SWATH OF 3 TO 6 INCHES OF HEAVY...WET SNOW TO
OCCUR WITH ISOLATED HIGHER TOTALS POSSIBLE.

IT APPEARS LIKELY THAT SOME PORTIONS OF THE REGION WILL LIKELY BE
IMPACTED BY A WINTER STORM THAT COULD MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT AT
BEST AND NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR A TIME AT WORSE. THOSE PLANNING
TRAVEL ON WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT ARE URGED TO MONITOR
LATER FORECASTS AND POTENTIALLY PLAN TO ALTER TRAVEL PLANS AS
NEEDED.

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