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National Weather Service predicting wintery mix precipitation

Service says travel plans may be impacted for drivers throughout Saturday

Whether it's rain, sleet or snow, weather officials are sure of one thing: Travel arrangements may be a little messed up for Chicago suburban area drivers this weekend.

Kevin Donofrio, meteorologist for National Weather Service, said there often tends to be only snow with January winter storms.

“This is not going to be the case” for the storm ahead, Donofrio said.

Donofrio said the storm system that is supposed to come into the area possibly late Friday, Jan. 10 and throughout the day Saturday, Jan. 11 has been a tricky one to make sense of. He said the Chicago metro area could see anything from rain, sleet, freezing rain or snow.

Donofrio said weather officials are expecting rain throughout the day on Friday and a mixture of wintery precipitation starting Saturday morning.

“What exactly that will be and what time is not clear yet,” Donofrio said.

Donofrio said exact preciptation amounts – whether it's for rain, ice or snow – also are unclear at this time.

If the warmer weather models play out, Donofrio said, the area might see about a tenth or two-tenths of ice. If the colder models play out, he said, the area could see between four and seven inches of snow with possible sleet miced in.

Whatever the storm holds, it's going to be enough to cause some significant travel issues throughout Saturday in particular, Donofrio said.

Donofrio said he urges the public to keep an eye on the weather forecast going into the weekend. Hopefully, meteorologists will be able to get a finer tuned view of the incoming storm system as the weekend draws nearer.

“Be prepared to make some adjustments to your travel plans,” Donofrio said.

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