Strong storm to bring a year's worth of weather tonight, Saturday

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Strong storm to bring a year's worth of weather tonight, Saturday

January 10, 2020 - 10:51
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A storm expected to hit the area tonight and Saturday will have a little bit of everything, according to forecasters: rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, wind and possibly thunderstorms. It could be precipitation from four seasons packed into one storm.

The National Weather Service forecast indicates the heaviest snow and ice will likely be north of the Homewood-Flossmoor area, but heavy rains tonight and Saturday could lead to flooding here.

The chance of rain tonight is 100 percent and up to 2 inches could fall. 

Rain will continue Saturday. By mid-afternoon it is expected to turn to sleet and then to snow, with 1 or 2 inches possible. Little ice accumulation is expected during the transition from rain to snow.

Winds after midnight will increase to about 20 miles per hour with gusts to 35 mph. Winds will remain gusty on Saturday.

The village of Flossmoor issued an alert early Friday afternoon urging residents to be prepared for possible road closures due to the storm. Flossmoor Public Works crews were putting barricades near places where closures might be required.

The severe flooding late in September might be a map to where the storm will have the most impact, according to Flossmoor officials. The viaduct just east of the intersection of Sterling Avenue and Flossmoor Road is particularly vulnerable to flooding.

Public Works officials also asked residents to limit travel and help keep storm basin grates clear during the storm. 

Call the Police Department non-emergency number, 708-957-4500, with any reports of flooding or storm-related issues.