Updated Thursday at 2:15 p.m.
The storm is on its way.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warningeffective until 3 a.m. Friday.
"Rain will change to snow from west to east late this afternoon or early this evening," the warning reads, "with snow becoming heavy at times. The heaviest snowfall and lowest visibility should occur in the immedate Chicago metro area between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Snow will linger through the night tonight. Very strong winds will develop as the snow arrives and continue Thursday night."
The warning says to expect between 2 and 6 inches of snow accumulation.
AccuWeather is reporting a blizzard is on its way as it unfolds near Colorado and Kansas Wednesday and heads northeast to Michigan and Ontario by late Thursday, producing high winds over the Plains, Midwest and the East.
According to AccuWeather:
Over the Plains and the Upper Midwest, where snow falls and wind gusts reach 50 mph, extensive blowing and drifting snow is in store with local whiteout conditions. Widespread travel problems are anticipated with this storm.
The skies should remain cloudy in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills for the rest of Tuesday. There's a chance of rain and/or snow in the evening hours, according to AccuWeather.
Wednesday will be partly sunny until clouds roll in around 1 p.m. There's a 64 percent chance of rain between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., which is expected to continue through Thursday morning. By midday Thursday, the rain is expected to turn into snow.
AccuWeather reports 1-3 inches of snow could accumulate by Thursday evening. The National Weather Service reports winds will blow between 20 and 30 mph Thursday afternoon, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
"Anyone who plans on traveling across the Midwest Wednesday night through Thursday night should be prepared for difficult travel, especially for areas west and north of Chicago," the National Weather Service says.
Check back with Patch for updates on the storm.