12-inch snowfall total in LaSalle County – Winter Storm Warning has ended for the Chicago area

Update 9:15PM CDT…

Snow has diminished and the Winter Storm Warning for the Chicago area has ended.

Update 8PM CDT…

Up to a foot of snow has been reported with this storm – 12.0-inches was measured at Dana in LaSalle County with 11.0-inches  at Flanagan in Livingston County. Below are some added recent reports early this Saturday evening…

Dana, LaSalle County…12.0 -inches
Flanagan, Livingston County… 11.0 -inches
Loda, Iroquois County… 8.0 -inches
Paxton, Ford County… 7/5 -inches
Long Point, Livingston County… 5.6 -inches
Peru, LaSalle County… 4.9 -inches
Campus, Livingston County … 4.5 -inches
Harmon, Lee County … 3.0 -inches

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Update 3:30PM CDT…

The heavy snow band is showing signs of slowly receding south with most of the snow ending from the north and west by later this evening. The Winter Storm Warning areas still in effect until later this evening are depicted in pink on the highlighted map. Check the latest Regional weather radar mosaic below. Some new reports are in – up to 6-inches of heavy wet snow have been noted …following are a few afternoon observations…

Chatsworth, Livingston Co…6.0 inches

Pontiac,  Livingston Co…6.0 inches

Fairbury, Livingston Co…6.2 inches

Paxton, Ford Co…4.5 inches

Streator, LaSalle Co…6.4 inches

Dwight, Livingston Co…2.5 inches

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A center of low pressure will track east along the Illinois into the Indiana portions  of the Ohio River Valley today with the band of rain to its north turning into heavy wet snow across portions of central Illinois/Indiana, including the counties generally south of Interstate-80. The strong dry east winds gusting to 30 miles per continue to eat away at any northward progress of the snow band.

Early this morning accumulation between 2 and 4inches were reported in  southern LaSalle, Livingston, Ford and Iroquois counties and another surge of heavy snow mixed with rain and sleet is expected to move across the Warning/Advisory (pink and purple-shaded areas on the highlighted map respectively) this afternoon.

Follow the progress of the snow band on the Metro weather radar mosaic below – note the very sharp cutoff between significant heavy snow and no-snow at all.

Snowfall reports as of 8AM CDT…

Fairbury, Livingston Co…3.4 inches

Chatsworth, Livingston Co..3.0 inches

Cessna Park, Iroquois Co…2.8 inches

Paxton, Ford Co…1.6 inches