That would be a significant improvement over the forecast from Thursday night, when it appeared the Chicago area could see as much as 12 inches by Friday afternoon, and up to 17 inches by Sunday.
Michigan State Police said about 50 vehicles were involved in the Friday afternoon pileup in the highway's eastbound lanes just east of Kalamazoo.
Counties in IL that will be affected by the Winter Storm Watch are Lake, DuPage, Cook, Will, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, Kane, LaSalle, Kendall as well as Grundy county, along with Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.
About 750 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 300 flights were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation said Friday.
Slide-offs and crashes were reported on the roads early today in the Chicago area.
By Friday morning, the weather service had already received reports of between 9 and 11 inches of snow over a 24-hour period in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Chicago officials say about 6 to 7 inches of snow has fallen on the city and they're gearing up for three more waves through the weekend. More than 200 flights were also canceled Friday morning at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
While it isn't too bad the most major delays seem to be flights to Ohio, Illinois especially flights to Chicago and to cities in MI like Kalamazoo, Lansing and Alpena. Classes also were canceled in the city's suburbs. People should stay off the roads if possible, but if they drive they should expect delays and hazardous conditions.
While less intense as it moves eastward, the storm is still expected to leave a few inches of snow over the northern tier, but will remain mostly north of major population centers like Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
Weather service meteorologist Charles Mott said the morning rush in Chicago "is gonna be trouble".