Winter Storm Watch Downgraded To A Freezing Rain Advisory 11 AM Until 4 PM; Difficult Travel Expected

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
409 AM CST SUN JAN 27 2013

Warmer temperatures overnight and predicted warmer temperatures forecast for Sunday have reduced the duration that freezing rain is expected to fall. Freezing rain is currently expected to fall between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and then changeover to all rain the rest of Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, Monday, Monday Night and Tuesday, when a high of 61°F is possible and thunderstorms could occur. Significant freezing rain isn’t expected in Arlington Heights until about noon Sunday. Accumulation is expected to be about 0.2 inch.

…FREEZING RAIN WILL PRODUCE ICE ACCUMULATIONS TODAY…

KANE-DUPAGE-COOK-KENDALL-WILL-KANKAKEE-IROQUOIS-LAKE IN-PORTER-
NEWTON-JASPER-BENTON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…AURORA…WHEATON…CHICAGO…OSWEGO…
JOLIET…KANKAKEE…WATSEKA…GARY…VALPARAISO…MOROCCO…
RENSSELAER…FOWLER
409 AM CST SUN JAN 27 2013 /509 AM EST SUN JAN 27 2013/

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM CST /NOON
EST/ THIS MORNING TO 4 PM CST /5 PM EST/ THIS AFTERNOON…

* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN…POSSIBLY MIXED WITH A SHORT PERIOD OF
SLEET AT THE ONSET OF THE PRECIPITATION…WILL MOVE INTO THE
AREA BY MIDDAY AND CONTINUE TO MID AFTERNOON. BY EARLY EVENING
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RISE TO ABOVE FREEZING WITH JUST
RAIN OCCURRING FROM EARLY EVENING ON INTO THE NIGHT.

* MAIN IMPACT…ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO A COUPLE TENTHS OF
AND INCH ARE EXPECTED BEFORE TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE FREEZING
LATER IN THE DAY. BY LATER AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED
TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING WITH JUST RAIN OCCURRING LATE THIS
AFTERNOON AND ON INTO THE NIGHT.

* OTHER IMPACTS…PAVEMENT AND SOIL TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW
FREEZING…SO ANY LIQUID PRECIPITATION WILL LIKELY FREEZE ON
CONTACT AND RESULT IN ICY AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ON
UNTREATED ROADWAYS. SIDEWAYS AND WALKWAYS COULD ALSO TURN TO
SHEETS OF ICE MAKING WALKING DIFFICULT AND POTENTIALLY
DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE
TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND
SIDEWALKS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING ON ICY ROADS.


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