Kankakee, IL – Illinoisans are gearing up for a challenging week as the National Weather Service (NWS) anticipates a series of winter storms, with the first bringing ‘concrete’ snow at rates over 1 inch per hour, starting Monday night.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) Chicago the particular snowfall, described as wet and heavy like concrete, will make for laborious shoveling and treacherous driving conditions, especially northwest of Interstate 55. The initial onslaught of snow Monday evening into Tuesday morning is predicted to create hazardous commutes and significantly increase travel times.
As the week progresses, the NWS warns of continued snow chances, including Wednesday night into Thursday morning and another system by the weekend.
Residents should prepare for a sharp gradient in snowfall totals, with potential for significant accumulations in northwestern Illinois. The NWS stresses that even slight shifts in the storm track could mean drastic differences in local impacts.
Aside from the snow, the region should brace for fluctuating conditions, with precipitation potentially transitioning to rain in some areas and temperatures varying widely.
The NWS recommends that residents stay abreast of the latest forecasts at weather.gov/Chicago and weather.gov/lot/weatherstory, as changes are likely in this dynamic weather pattern.