Chicagoland weather radar [LIVE RADAR] shows very small snow bands moving north to south — mostly over the lake. Light snow is forecast to start Christmas Eve at about 9:00 p.m. and last until 11:00 a.m. Christmas morning. Accumulation of about 2.5 inches is forecast for Arlington Heights. Another 0.4 inch of snow is forecast for Christmas between 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Christmas afternoon and night.
Satellite images show clouds over northern Illinois and most of the upper Midwest. Clouds are expected to clear gradually to about 2:00 p.m. and then increase overnight.
Light snow around parts of Cook and Dupage Counties right now. Best chance for snow comes later tonight. pic.twitter.com/VhJfZSdXP9
— NBC's Storm Team 5 (@NBCStormTeam5) December 24, 2013
Snow bands moving north to south in the area with accumulation expected to start after 3:00 p.m.
A high of only 15 degrees forecast for today with a Wind Chill high of only 5 degrees. Temperatures are expected to rise overnight with the snowfall, and an increase in wind gusts. Stouh winds of 11-17 MPH with gusts to 26 MPH area expected overnight Tuesday/Wednesday and through the entire day on Christmas Day Wednesday.
A warming trend is forecast through Saturday (High 35 degrees) with another cold blast arriving Monday.
Christmas Eve forecast has snow around the Great Lakes and warm weather out West. pic.twitter.com/7LHZ39Wuqj
— CNN Weather Center (@CNNweather) December 24, 2013
Christmas Eve forecast from CNN.
TODAY Sunrise: 7:18 AM Sunset: 4:25 PM
Mostly cloudy early, then becoming sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -11. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Snow, mainly after midnight. Temperature rising to around 19 by 5am. Wind chill values as low as -2. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
A chance of snow before noon, then a chance of snow after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 27. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
A 30 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.
Partly sunny, with a high near 25.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.
A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 25.
Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0.
Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 9.
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