Those of us following the weather predicting our first significant snowfall on Thursday knew the area would first be hit with rain. In fact, the National Weather Service forecast mentions rain first for the Chicago Heights area.
"Rain (is) likely, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight," the forecast states.
Locally, the NWS is based in Romeoville.
A second forecast, from the Northern Illinois Storm Chaser Forecasting Facebook page predicts thundersnow.
"Intense thundersnow will boost rates and totals over the area," the status states. "Chicago metro could get 3 inches south to 6 north all being blown around by 60 mph winds."
The page says the event will be short in duration.
By Thursday, the NWS forecast includes occassional rain before 3 p.m. then rain and snow. The NWS forecast also mentions thunder.
The tempuratures will rise to 50 by noon, but drop to about 34 for the rest of the day.
The chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
A full forecast can be found by clicking here.
Patch will update this story as conditions change.
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