ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) — The 23 Storm Team is busy tracking the first winter storm of the season for the Rockford region. Not only will this system bring heavy, sticking snow, it will also affect post-Thanksgiving travel.
A winter storm warning has been issued through 6 a.m. Monday by the National Weather Service for Winnebago, Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties in Illinois. Green, Rock and Walworth counties in Wisconsin are also under a winter storm warning. That one starts at 3 p.m. Sunday and goes through 6 a.m. Monday.
A blizzard warning will take effect at 6 p.m. Sunday for Boone, McHenry, DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Carroll, and Whiteside counties in Illinois. This will go through midnight Monday.
For the majority of northern Illinois, 7- to 9-inches of snow is likely to fall. The area affected ranges from just east of Freeport, through Rockford and Winnebago County. This same accumulation will extend to Chicagos northern suburbs. Around Rockford, some places could see closer to 11″ of snow, especially to the south and west.
We are also monitoring a line closer to Freeport in Stephenson County, where spots northwest of Freeport could receive between 2- to 3-inches of snow, while others receive much more.
SNOW ARRIVAL: As the afternoon progresses, precipitation will turn to snow, with the heaviest falling in the mid-afternoon or evening. Drivers on Sunday will face slick spots, snow-covered roads and low visibility levels. The system will move out overnight and should be gone for the Monday morning commute.
POSSIBLE POWER OUTAGES: The heavy, wet snow could stick to power lines and trees, causing some power outages.
LAKE SUMMERSET (WREX) — While many areas of the Stateline are seeing heavy snow, none is yet to be found in a small Winnebago/Stephenson County community.
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