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March Winter Storm

The National Weather Service is predicting seven to 10 inches in the Chicago region by Tuesday night.

For the latest weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com

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Chicagoans are still digging out from the biggest snow storm we’ve seen in two years.

The main roads are clear and snow plows are making big dent in the side streets.   More than nine inches of snow fell around the area.

City snow plows and salt trucks were all all night clearing streets and salting roads.

While the city does its part to clear the roads, residents are expected to be good neighbors and clear the sidewalks.

With all that snow comes the time-honored tradition of marking your parking spot with anything you can find including, milk crates, chairs and ironing boards.

Chicago’s highways and busy streets are pretty clear from Tuesday’s snowstorm.

But slushy side streets will make getting to them a little difficult.

Tuesday was the most snow we’ve had, in one day, in two years.

There was over nine inches of snow at O’Hare when the storm ended.

Highways and main streets are just wet now, but the side streets are still covered.

It should be a busy day at Chicago’s airports.

1200 flights were cancelled at O’Hare and Midway airports Tuesday.

Southwest Airlines had delays reaching three hours.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation Snow Command has begun to redeploy its fleet of 284 snow plows onto residential streets.

Crews worked throughout the day and evening to clear and salt all main streets and Lake Shore Drive, before transitioning to the side streets.

Snow Command will continue to monitor all roadways and will deploy resources as conditions warrant.

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

To view the snow fleet in real time, visit: www.chicagoshovels.org.

Is your flight cancelled? Check here: www.flightstats.com

FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATES, GO TO CHICAGO WEATHER CENTER

The Chicago area is likely to get a light amount of snow Wednesday, a reprieve from the storm that walloped the region Tuesday.

The nearly 8 inches of snow that fell Tuesday was the most to hit Chicagoland since the 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard, which dumped 21.2 inches on the area, according to the National Weather Service.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 7.7 inches of snow was measured at O’Hare International Airport, bringing the Chicago area to a total of 28 inches for the season, a bit less than the average snowfall season-to-date total of 30.5 inches. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Allsopp said Tuesday’s storm through midnight would bring the area close to season averages after a relatively snowless start to winter.

WGN’s Randi Belisomo talked with Chicago residents on how they coped with the heavy snowfall.

Chicago Tribune Contributed to this report.

City of Chicago copes with an early March snow storm.

(Photos courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

Chicago’s biggest storm since the Groundhog Day Blizzard is starting to wind down.

Visibility in the area is starting to improve, a sign that the steady moderate to heavy snow is beginning to transition into light snow.

As the snow starts to wind down, winds are increasing and the snow is blowing and drifting.

Additional accumulation from 7 p.m. to Midnight is expected to be in the 1″ to 3″ range.   This will push storm totals to 6″ to 10″ with a few isolated 11″ or 12″ reports possible.

The very latest reports…

Rolling Meadows 7.5 inches

CT WiBrett Jordan of Elgin makes about a two-mile walk home from the bus stop in the snowy weather. Jordan said the worst part was the "snow blowing in my eyes." — Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune, March 5, 20nterStormB.jpg

Brett Jordan of Elgin makes about a two-mile walk home from the bus stop in the snowy weather. Jordan said the worst part was the “snow blowing in my eyes.” — Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune, March 5, 20

Elburn 10. 0 inches

Sycamore 8.5 inches

Carol Stream 6.5 inches

Elgin 8.0 inches

Portage 7.3

Lake Village 6.5 inches

Cary 6.3 inches

Cicero 5.9 inches

Valparaiso 7.5 inches

Carbon Hill 5.9 niches

Suburbs dig out, try to stay ahead of large snowfall

A Winter Storm warning for heavy snow is in effect until midnight Tuesday for northeast Illinois including the Chicago area, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, O’Hare Airport reported a new snowfall record for March 5 with 4.1 inches. The old record was 3.8 inches in 2002.

The latest runs of out the Chicago Weather Center in-house RPM models indicate that another 4-6 inches of snow is yet to fall in the Chicago Metro area Tuesday evening.

With areas total already in the 2 to 7 inch range, that puts the potential final snow totals for this storm in the 5 to 12 inch range. As the snow continues this evening  northeast winds will increase to 20-30 mph with higher gusts causing the snow to blow and drift.

The snow is expected to taper off to flurries later this evening and wind down by midnight.

Important links:

Chicago Weather Center

Severe Weather Blog: Real-time updates

Emergency Closings

As of 3 p.m., here are the latest snowfall totals from the WGN Weather Center:

O’Hare Airport 4.1 inches

Midway Airport 5.1 inches

DeKalb 6.5 inches

Oak Brook 5.5 inches

Streator 6.4 inches

Downers Grove 5.1 inches

Elmhurst 4.6 inches

Arlington Heights 5.0 inches

Evanston 5.0 inches

Harvard 6.8 inches

Roscoe 6.1 inches

Chicago Ridge 4.5 inches

Peotone 4.3 inches

Morris 3.4 inches

Snow beginning to come down in La Grange, residents make preparations.

Julian Crews has the full story.

The Winter Storm Warning is now in effect from 9 am to midnight tonight. Paul Konrad has the latest from inside WGN’s Chicago Weather Center.

At an OEMC news conference Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanul talked about the city’s response to the snow so far.

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