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The National Weather Service is the bearer of some bad weather news heading into the weekend. 

In its latest forecast update early Thursday evening, the service predicted 8 to 14 inches of snow will fall across Northwest Indiana by Friday night with some areas seeing even greater accumulation.

Calling it a "long duration snow event," the NWS issued a winter weather warning that began at 6 p.m. Thursday and lasts through 9 p.m. Friday.

As Thursday afternoon progressed and before the snow even fell, schools, businesses and other organizations began announcing program cancellations and closings for Thursday evening and Friday.

It's a drastic departure from an easy Thursday morning and afternoon commute. The heaviest snow in the storm was expected to fall after midnight into early morning Friday.