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.