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Chicago Braces For Winter Storm; More Than 8 Inches Possible North And West Of City.

A bicyclist navigates Grand River Avenue in Detroit approaching downtown Detroit during a morning snow storm that hit the area on Feb. 5, 2015. CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s first snowfall of the season was coming Friday night, and for some areas – especially north and west of the city – the first winter storm could be a big one. An event to be held Tuesday will discuss the impact extreme weather and climate change have on small businesses.(Photo: Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo A Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service for 10 Michigan counties including Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb was expected to end by 10 p.m. The heaviest snowfall rates are expected late Saturday afternoon through the evening, where snowfall totals up to or in excess of 5 inches are possible.

For much of the afternoon, Detroit and the immediately surrounding area avoided the snow that was covering the rest of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Grundy, Will, Kankakee, and 10 other counties in Illinois; and for Lake and Porter counties in Indiana from midnight Friday night through 3 p.m. For all of Saturday elsewhere, however, it was like a shaken snow globe. “I’m looking outside, and she’s coming down — and has been all day,” said Uriah Campbell, a sales associate at Summit Sports in Brighton, where customers were coming in to prep for cold weather, skiing and snowboarding. “It’s big, white flakes on the fall and then wet on the ground.” Drivers will need to get refamiliar with winter driving: Slow down as visibility drops, watch out for icy roadways and keep something to scrape windshields, Elliott said. “People are used to driving in the summer conditions,” Elliott said. “Once a couple of snowstorms move through, you get back into that mindset. [But] the first one’s always a little bit tough.” The Michigan Department of Transportation is also watching the onset of snow closely, and various counties have salt and truck plows at the ready, said Diane Cross, an MDOT spokesperson. Even on Sunday and Monday, scattered snowstorms are possible as the temperatures stay below the 30s, meaning the snow “is not going to melt off really quick,” Elliott added. This will result in accumulations varying across the area from as little as one or two inches near the Ohio state line to as much at four to six inches over far northern Wayne County. “We’re looking at temperatures jumping to above that freezing mark so there could be areas of rain,” said CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus. “And keep in mind also that the ground is still relatively warm, so a lot of the snow as soon as it hits will melt, but the snow will continue.” Snow will diminish overnight as temperatures take a plunge to around 20 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday will be even colder, with a high of about 34 on Saturday, before plunging into the teens Saturday night, and then getting up only to the high 20s on Sunday.

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