ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.-- The snow is starting to accumulate on the grass, on trees, on cars, it’s still melting when it hits the pavement because the ground temperature is still mild.
It’s been falling steadily for a couple of hours and we expect it to continue overnight.
In Arlington Heights it started right around the dinner hour.
Lee Lampton “For some reason we were eating pizza outside when it started to snow, and we were like, 'oh.’”
Arctic snow and ice control incorporated-- a company that supplies snow removal equipment to a strip mall was preparing for tomorrow's clean up.
Juvenal Vahna "I got a snow blower, salt spreaders gas, shovels on the other one, just trying to get ready for it."
Earlier in the day, the preps were underway. At a Home Depot on the northwest side of Chicago, customers were stocking up on salt, shovels, even snow blowers.
Eddie Perez "It's expected to snow, i don't know how much, but i'm getting ready."
Marcelino Torres “The snow, it just, your clothes. It messes up your clothes, and stuff. I love the cold, it could be below zero, but the snow, it just, it kills you.")
But, not everyone was expecting the storm.
Matt Hall “This all comes as a total shock to me, I didn't know that."
Most people we spoke with say they’re going to stay in tonight then deal with the clean up tomorrow.