Some parts of Chicago area see a foot of snow; bitter temps on way

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Another one to three inches of snow could fall across the Chicago metro area today with even more falling in the southern part of the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow would add to the more than a foot of snow measured in parts of the Chicago area since New Year’s Eve.

Then temperatures will plunge, with the high by Monday and Tuesday barely reaching above zero.

As of about 4:45 a.m., 10 inches of snow had been measured in Niles, 11 in Palatine, 5 in Naperville and 1.7 in Kankakee. Elsewhere and earlier in the night, 8.2 inches fell in Elgin, 8.6 in Schaumburg, 7.1 in Northbrook, 12.4 in Beach Park and close to 14 in Libertyville.

At O’Hare International Airport, 5.1 inches of snow fell as of about midnight. The totals include snowfall that began New Year’s Eve.

Some areas could see an inch an hour throughout the day Thursday, National Weather Service Meteorologist Eric Lenning said.

“Generally, the amounts today will be pretty moderate,” Lenning said. “Maybe one to three additional inches.”

Temperatures will linger between the mid teens and low 20s, Lenning said, with the cooler temperatures farther from the city and warmer temperatures where the snow is falling.

The snow ends by Friday but then the bitter cold begins, with wind chills falling to minus-15 to -minus-25.

The high on Monday will be zero to 4 above, the weather service said.  On Tuesday, the high is expected to be between minus-1 to 3 above.

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