A previous Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect for Palatine and Arlington Heights, but the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from noon until 9 p.m. tonight.
Area residents should beware of heavy snow and blowing snow, with a mix of rain and sleet causing difficult travel and low visibility.
Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 40 mph, and heavy snow is expected to affect the afternoon commute, according to the National Weather Service.
This type of snow is referred to as heart attack snow, due to its weight and the National Weather Service advises people to use caution when shoveling. Caution is also encouraged while driving today.
Accumulations of snow are expected to be between three and six inches and temperatures will reach the upper 30's, the National Weather Service Reports.