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Snow was likely to greatly impact Friday morning's commute, after Northern Illinois received four to six inches overnight and the flurries were expected to continue off and on through the weekend.

Metra announced the BNSF railway will use an alternative snow schedule on Friday.

An occasional flurry will be possible Thursday, however, the snow chances are going to be very minimal during the daytime hours.

Mike Spiel's forecast is now calling for as much as 10 inches of snow in total accumulation by Friday.

Late Thursday, snow will begin falling in big cities, including Chicago, and continue for most of the night. The express lanes will close at 9 p.m. for snow removal and will reopen in the inbound direction at 5 a.m. Saturday, when the normal schedule for the reversible lanes will resume. Officials for the City of South Lyon say their snow emergency will be in effect starting at 8am tomorrow morning and will last through 1pm Sunday.

A fast-moving storm is expected to drop up to 10 inches of snow Wednesday afternoon and evening in parts of western and central ME, with lesser amounts in eastern, coastal and northern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the snowfall should be east of our area by midday.

The National Weather Service has issued winter-weather warnings and advisories across the upper Midwest. "This is the first real winter we've had in several years".

Expect overcast skies and a high in the mid-20s today.

There is a little lingering snow showers around mostly higher based but the valley floors could see a dusting of snow heading into this evening.

The heaviest snow will be in a relatively narrow band across mainly northern IL and southern MI.

The Des Moines Register reported that three to seven inches of snow fell in northern Iowa Friday morning.

The Illinois Department of Transportation tweeted road conditions were deteriorating Thursday night across the top of the state as the system neared Chicago.

Authorities across IL prepared some 300 pieces of snow-fighting equipment and thousands of tons of salt for almost 16,000 miles of highways and state roads.