Chicago Area Braces for 8 Inches of Snow
Winter Storm Bella is about to hit the Midwest with a pre-Thanksgiving wallop
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2015 10:53 AM CST
A sign is covered by snow on I-294 in the general parking lot at O'Hare International Airport on Feb. 1, 2015, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – If you're one of those people who doesn't like hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving, you won't be pleased with weather news coming out of Chicago. Winter is arriving early in the form of a snowstorm in and around the city over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports. A National Weather Service winter storm warning (upgraded from an earlier winter storm watch) in effect from 9pm Friday to 3pm Saturday is predicting "heavy snow" for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties, with up to 8 inches in some areas; downtown Chicago is expected to receive closer to 2 to 5 inches.

And it's not just Chicago will get dumped on by the storm named Bella, reports. Storm warnings have been issued for northeast Nebraska, southeast South Dakota, and much of Iowa and southern Wisconsin. About 6 inches of snow in 12 hours, or 8 inches of snow over 24 hours, is expected to fall in the Upper Midwest. Blizzard conditions aren't expected, though recommends leaving extra travel time or even canceling your trip if you were headed to one of these areas. (It begins—thanks, El Nino.)