(11:45AM - 3/14/21) A storm system is expected to move through the region tday through Tuesday, bringing an accumulating snowfall to portions of Northern Illinois and windy conditions to the state.
A storm system will move from the Plains tonight and into the Ohio Valley by Tuesday morning. This storm system will bring a period of precipitation to the state tonight through Monday night, and windy conditions to the state this afternoon through Monday afternoon. Model guidance continues to be in some disagreement regarding placement of the snowfall axis across Northern Illinois, and snowfall amounts. However, all other aspects of the storms system has high agreement.
An area of precipitation will first enter Northwest Illinois late tonight/very early Monday morning. Precipitation will likely start as rain, before changing over to snow. This precipitation will then spread across the remainder of Northern Illinois Monday morning, also starting as rain or a mix, before changing over to snow. A period of snow is then expected across a good portion of Northern Illinois along/north of I-80, Monday morning through Monday afternoon. Snow will be of varying intensity during this time. This will be a heavier/wetter, with marginal temperatures expected, which will lead to some melting as the event is ongoing. Snow will then end Monday evening, potentially as a mix in some areas. Further south, along/south of I-80, after beginning as rain earlier Monday morning...Precipitation will likely be a mix of rain/freezing rain/sleet/snow for much of the event.
In addition the the snow potential, windy conditions are expected this afternoon through Monday afternoon. High winds aloft, characterized by a low level jet of 45-65KT, will be in place. The amount of mixing is questionable and will likely be limited, thus preventing even higher winds. However, expected mixing depth will support easterly wind gusts of 25-45MPH across the state, this afternoon through Monday afternoon.
Snowfall totals of 1-3" are expected along/north of I-80 across Northern Illinois, with amounts tapering to the south where minor sleet and ice accumulation is possible along/south of I-80 in Northern Illinois. Higher snowfall amounts of 2-5" are possible across Northwest Illinois.
Below is the snow and wind forecasts for this event.