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Winter Storm Watch Issued for Oak Forest

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Oak Forest, effective Friday morning.

Winter is in full swing in Oak Forest. has since been upgraded to a winter storm warning for the city, effective Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to midnight.

The National Weather Service said snow will develop during the mid to late morning hours and will continue through Friday night, with the heaviest snowfall coming during the afternoon hours.

Oak Forest can see up to 8 inches of snow Friday. A hazardous weather outlook remains as temperatures will drop later in the evening.

Use caution when driving and plan your commute accordingly. Cold temperatures will make salt less effective and make it harder for crews to keep the roads clear of snow and ice, according to the National Weather Service. Heavier snowfall may result in reduced visibilities and significantly increased travel times.

Before you travel, check Oak Forest Patch's Traffic and Gas Guide, which provides up-to-the-minute gas and travel information, complete with current construction projects and street closures. Also, consult these

The National Weather Service reminds residents to only travel if necessary and keep a flashlight and food in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

For updates of any possible delays, closings or cancellations, keep visiting the Oak Forest Patch home page throughout the evening. Have any tips? Post any information you'd like to share about dangerous road conditions or accidents in the area on our Facebook page, email editor Lauren Traut at lauren.traut@patch.com, or leave a comment below.

Dave January 20, 2012 at 05:57 PM
To get updated information on this storm and also view a multimedia briefing updated at 10am please refer to: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=lot&storyid=77837&source=0
Dave January 21, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Listing of the snow fall amounts so far in the local storm report (LSR) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lot/?n=lsr_summary

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