A National Weather Service winter weather advisory that predicts 3 to 5 inches of snow is in effect in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana beginning at 6 p.m. this evening until 9 a.m. Friday.Oh. Goody.
Locally higher amounts are possible, according to the National Weather Service.
In any case, enough snow should fall in Chicago to break the February snowfall record of 27.8 inches set 115 years ago in 1896. So far, exactly 27 inches have been recorded at O'Hare International Airport, the official reporting station.
Accumulations late this evening may exceed an inch an hour, the weather service said, adding that gusting winds of 25 mph may produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility to under a half mile at times. Driving conditions may become treacherous and snow removal difficult.
The evening commute in Chicago ought to be just ducky tonight: