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Lake Effect snow expected in Northwest Indiana, with cold wind showers in Chicago area overnight – NBC Chicago

Parts of northwestern Indiana will see lake-effect snow beginning Wednesday night, and bitterly cold temperatures will hit the rest of the Chicago area overnight as wind chills are expected to drop to as low as 15 degrees below zero.

A winter weather warning goes into effect at 6 p.m. in Porter and LaPorte counties in northwestern Indiana and Berrien County in Michigan, according to the National Weather Service.

Intermittent lake-effect bands of snow are expected to hit the areas throughout the evening and into the night hours, with total accumulations of between 3 and 6 inches of snow before the system begins to clear by Thursday evening.

According to forecasters, higher amounts of snow are possible locally, particularly northeast of a line stretching from Portage to Kouts.

Occasional heavy snowfall rates of up to an inch per hour are expected overnight and into Thursday morning, creating hazardous travel conditions.

Breeze north winds could also give travelers a major headache, particularly during Thursday morning commutes, which can result in slippery roads and poor visibility due to blowing snow.

While the rest of the Chicago area won’t see the snow, bitterly cold wind showers are expected to hit the region overnight.

Gusty winds and freezing temperatures will help bring wind chills well below zero, with some locations experiencing “perceived” temperatures as low as 15 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

A nighttime heat center will open at the Aurora Transportation Center starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to officials in suburban Aurora. This center will remain open every day until 7am and will remain active until at least January 26th.

Not much will stand in the way of relief on Thursday with only teenage high temperatures expected for most of the area. Highs are expected to be in the 20s by Friday, but will remain there for a while and remain below the seasonal average for the area as a cold air mass settles over the region.

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