Ice storm warning, weather advisories in Southern Plains

Saul Bowman
February 7, 2018

At Chicago's busy O'Hare International Airport, the storm caused the cancellation of more than 460 flights, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.

The advisory was in effect until midnight for northern IL.

In the Lehigh Valley, "the worst travel conditions will be during Wednesday morning into the early afternoon", when a burst of heavy snow is possible, the update states.

He said precipitation will begin in the 5-7 a.m. time period and become heavy snow during the morning.

Over a fresh snow cover and clear skies temperatures have dropped well below zero with wind chills in the unsafe -15 to -20-degree range across northeast IL into northwest in early this Monday morning. Northwest wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Communities in Central and northwestern MA will see the highest snow totals, around 6 to 9 inches with several more inches possible in places like Fitchburg, Greenfield, Orange, Amherst, Northampton Ayer and Barre. The system has the potential to give over 1 inch of rain that would create ponding on area roadways through the evening commute. High: 44. Wind: N 5-10 miles per hour. The best chance for steady snow will be between 1:00AM and 5:00AM.

Expect showers Wednesday night, cold and sunny.

Sunday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Temperatures will warm above freezing by early afternoon with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy and breezy with a few showers possible.

Friday, the high will be near 30 with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Friday night - A chance of snow. The week ahead calls for highs about 10 degrees warming to a high near 21 Sunday.

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