Weather

Snow moves out, cold returns

Staff report

The snow that blanketed Chicago-area roads and sidewalks overnight ended up dropping about 4-6 inches of new snow across the area before it moved east Saturday afternoon.

There’s no more snow in the immediate forecast, but the unseasonably cold weather that been around for much of December returns Sunday, with a predicted high in the teens or low 20s and a possible drop into single digits overnight.

As of about noon Saturday, 3.9 inches of snow had fallen at O’Hare International Airport, with 4.1 inches near Midway Airport, according to the National Weather Service. At the National Weather Service office in southwest suburban Romeoville, 3.9 inches had fallen.

Other totals included 6.4 inches in south suburban Homewood, 4.2 inches in west suburban Downers Grove, 3 inches in northwest suburban Streamwood, and 2.9 inches in north suburban Beach Park The highest snowfall totals tended to be in the southern part of the region in LaSalle, Livingston and Will counties.

As of about 10:45 a.m., the weather had caused delays of up to 30 minutes on some inbound and outbound flights at both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport, according to the city Department of Aviation. Morre than 100 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare and about 2 dozen had been cancelled at Midway.

According to an e-mailed release from the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, the city’s full fleet of 287 snow plow and salt spreaders is on the streets today, along with 26 smaller plows being used on smaller side streets.

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