New Year’s Eve Snowstorm: Chilly temps, huge snowfall expected

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Three to six inches of snow could fall overnight into the first day of 2014 before a second wave of lake-effect snow falls on the afternoon of New Year’s Day.

The snow should begin late Tuesday afternoon and continue into New Year’s Day. As much as six inches is expected across the Chicago metro area.

As a result, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for northeast Illinois, starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday

It’s nothing Chicagoans aren’t used to — this December has been 20 degrees colder than last December. But as cold as it has been, this December only ranks as the 21st coldest since records were first kept back in 1871.

Chicago has had a foot of snow already this year, compared to just at inch last year.

Chicago officials said that Tuesday night they plan to deploy 200 snow removal vehicles, including salt spreaders and snowplows overnight. Crews will focus on keeping the main streets and Lake Shore Drive before moving to side streets.

Overnight temperatures in the city didn’t fall below 2 degrees as of about 5:30 a.m. but Friedlein said he expected the temperatures to keep falling until about 8 a.m.

Temperatures further north and west fell below zero – minus 4 in Rockford and Waukegan, and minus 10 in some parts of Wisconsin just north of the Illinois border.

Tuesday’s high – in the mid teens – isn’t expected to reach the average low temperature of 18 degrees for this time of the year. The average high is 32 degrees.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

For the latest weather updates, go to the Chicago Weather Center blog.

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