Winter Storm Warning in effect; snow falling in Chicago

The National Weather Service’s Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for all of northeast Illinois until midnight.

Snow, with a possibility of a wintry mix at the start, will move into the region during the morning hours Tuesday. The snow is expected to increase across Chicagoland during the late morning and afternoon hours.

Snowfall rates of 1-1.5” per hour are possible making is difficult for snow removal crews to keep up.

The afternoon commute could be quite treacherous as heavy snow will remain possible into the evening hours.

Increasing north winds could also cause blowing and drifting snow.

The winter storm is forecast to die down tonight, but not before it leaves a blanket of heavy and wet snow in its wake.  Snowfall accumulations of 4-8” are possible with locally higher amounts.

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATES GO TO WGN’s Chicago Weather Center

Here are some of the latest snowfall totals as of 9 a.m.:

Location             New snow (inches)

DeKalb                 2.0

St. Charles           1.5

Arlington Hts     1.2

Elburn                   1.5

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Snow Command has deployed its full feet of 284 plows onto Chicago’s main routes and Lake Shore Drive.  The trucks will work to first salt and clear the city’s main streets, and then focus efforts on residential streets.

The City encourages motorists to drive according to conditions and to be cautious on the road.

As for air travel, hundreds of flights have already been cancelled at O’Hare and Midway Airports. Be sure to check with your airline’s website to see if it’s cancelled.

CHECK OUT OUR STORY ON ALL THINGS TRAVEL-RELATED HERE.

 

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