A winter storm featuring rain, sleet, ice, snow and gusty winds is expected to move across the region Friday night through early Sunday morning. According to the National Weather Service, rain and up to 0.25 inches of ice are in the forecast for Friday night through Saturday. Lake County could also see between three to seven inches of snow as temperatures drop through Saturday night. Significant lakeshore flooding with a one-to-two-foot storm surge and waves from 12-18 feet are expected.
The wintry conditions could make travel difficult across the region. Those that need to travel should allow extra time to get to their destination and provide snow plows room to work on the roads.
ComEd has increased staffing and is closely monitoring the freezing rain and snow. Snow and ice can build up, which may cause power lines to break and tree limbs to fall onto power lines, or even result in broken poles. Report any power outages to ComEd.com/Report.
It's helpful to have multiple ways to receive notifications and updated information on inclement weather. Follow the National Weather Service and Lake County Skywarn and watch this video to learn different ways to receive weather information.
Also watch for updates on Lake County's Facebook page. Lake County will continue posting information as the situation develops.
Know what actions to take when you receive a winter weather storm alert from the National Weather Service, and what to do before, during, and after a snowstorm or extreme cold. Look for advice on what to include in an emergency kit for your car. Visit Ready.gov to learn more.
View Live Road Conditions
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) offers several tools through Lake County PASSAGE for you to get real-time, local traffic information. Download the Lake County PASSAGE app, or go to the website. You can also sign up for email traffic alerts, and twitter alerts.
Snow Plow Tracker
Motorists can check the progress of snow and ice removal on all 26 of LCDOT's plow routes. See the direction each snow plow is heading, its current speed, and more. You can even view the latest road conditions through snapshots taken from each plow, which are updated every three minutes. See how it works by watching this video.
You have access to the PASSAGE cameras which means you can look at real-time snapshots from major intersections. Turn on camera images in “Layer Options” at the top right, find intersections along your route, and check road conditions in each direction.