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, Weather.com 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 Weather.com recommends leaving extra travel time or even canceling your trip if you were headed to one of these areas. (It begins—thanks, El Nino.)