Snow will spread eastward across parts of north central and northeast Illinois late in the day Friday into the early Friday evening. This snow will then expand area wide later in the evening. Impacts to the evening commute are possible, mainly along and north of I-88. #ILwx #INwx pic.twitter.com/JMCgeQnRSQ
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) January 17, 2019
The Weather Channel started naming winter storms in 2012-2013. The storm names for 2018-2019 are listed here.
The big storm on the way Friday and Saturday is named Winter Storm Harper. It reminds me of the baseball player, Bryce Harper, the Hot Stove League, how many days until the pitchers and catchers report, and dreams of Opening Day.
The National Weather Service--still working despite the continuing government shutdown--doesn't have time for storm names. But they are calling for snow, and blowing snow, about 6-10 inches of snow for the Chicago area. There will be heavier snowfall, blizzard conditions and hazardous travel, especially in the Northeast.
Here's a post from years ago, with more names for snow...