Winter Weather Update through Friday December 16th

Winter Weather Update through Friday December 16th

Lake County Illinois and much of the central United States will be impacted by Early Season Bitter Cold Temperatures over the next several days. In Lake County, single digit day-time temperatures followed by below zero night- time temperatures are forecast beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, December 14th through at least Friday, December 16th).

What to Expect:

  1. Dangerous Wind Chills (Wednesday night through Thursday morning). Possible Impacts from Frostbite and Hypothermia
  2. Freezing Wet Roads (throughout this week). Isolated dangerous travel conditions
  3. Snow / Wintery Precipitation (Friday and Saturday). Low visibility and dangerous travel conditions.


  1. Northern Illinois
  2. Northwest Indiana

Forecast Temperatures:

  • High Wednesday: 9-10 degrees above freezing
  • Low Wednesday: Ranging from -1 degree to -11 degrees below freezing
  • High Thursday: 6-9 degrees above freezing
  • Low Thursday: Ranging from -11 to -16 degrees below freezing
  • Wind Chills perhaps as cold as -20 degrees below freezing


1.       The National Weather Service has a “High” Confidence in this forecast

Protective actions: People should allow extra time for travel Friday morning. Motorists should make sure their vehicles are appropriately prepared for winter weather, including keeping the fuel tank full.

Residents are encouraged to have emergency supplies in their vehicle and a winter emergency kit at home that includes:

  • blankets and food
  • a fully-charged cell phone
  • car-charger
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
  • Extra food and water (have high energy food such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars and food requiring not cooking or refrigeration
  • Extra medicine and baby items
  • Extra food and water for pets
  • First-aid supplies
  • A way to keep warm – wear layers, keep children adequately dressed and bring pets indoors

Additional information: Lake County PASSAGE – – is the best source for current travel information across Lake County. The National Weather Service has continuously-updated forecast information available on their Chicago Area website at

Lake County Departments and Agencies will continue to monitor this evolving weather situation. Lake County Emergency Management (LCEMA) is prepared to help partner units of local government through resource coordination and information updates as needed. As always, LCEMA staff can be reached at 847-377-7100 during normal business hours.

Thank you to Lake County Emergency Management for the useful information!

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