A snowplow truck clears snow on a road in Mundelein in February 2021. | File Photo

The National Weather Service said that snow showers are expected on Friday in northern Illinois and could become heavy at times.

“We all knew this day was eventually going to come this season…and that’s the day with “likely snow” in the forecast,” the National Weather Service announced Thursday morning.

The forecast for Friday shows scattered to numerous snow showers are expected over northern Illinois and northwest Indiana as a cold front sweeps into the area.

Some of it may be rain at first in the morning, especially east of I-55, but in the afternoon the showers turn into snow or possibly graupel at times, the NWS said.

“The atmosphere currently looks favorable for brief heavier rates that could sharply reduce visibility,” the NWS added.

The heavier rates of snow are expected to be short-lasting but could be enough to cause some travel impacts due to the low visibility.

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An unsettled, seasonably cold pattern will continue through the weekend.

The NWS said there are additional chances of snow on Sunday, but that remains uncertain at this time.