If you are planning to travel to the Chicago area on New Years Day, you may want to reconsider your decision.
Forecasters say the risk of a potential winter storm that could bring snow, ice and winter mix to the Chicago area is increasing.
According to the National Weather Service, “Confidence continues to grow in the significant impacts of winter travel” on New Years’ Day afternoons and evenings, with much of the Chicago area under a “high probability. “several centimeters of accumulation.
The NWS reported that parts of the Chicago area could see accumulations of up to 6 inches of snow, but the exact amount of snow that will fall and where remains uncertain.
Of course, there’s still a lot in the air with the system, as the storm that would bring it to the area is still located off the coast of California. The NWS noted that freezing rain and sleet could mix with snow and meteorologists from Team NBC 5 Storm say a winter mix is likely, at least initially. This could have an impact on the snow totals.
According to the NBC 5 Storm team, any deviation from the track of the weather system could also have a significant impact on how much snow, or even mixed precipitation, the region could see.
If the storm’s track moves south, the system will likely only “glance” at the area, and forecast snowfall totals will likely be revised downward.
If the storm moves north, then it could suck in warmer air, which in turn would transform a system powered primarily by snow into one marked by a mixture of rain and snow.
The storm’s current track will take it through the Midwest, with the storm center passing just south of Chicago, meaning it would produce mostly snow in the area.
Forecasters are urging the public to keep an eye out for the latest information as the forecast track of the storm will be more precise as it arrives on the West Coast and begins its trek towards the Midwest.
“This predicted winter storm is expected to arrive in the Midwest at a time when vacation travel is at its peak. With this in mind, we remind all travelers to monitor road conditions and only travel during a winter storm if absolutely necessary, ”said Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Alicia Tate -Nadeau, in a press release.