Snow arrives in Chicago area — finally


CHICAGO — Snow arrived in parts of the Chicago area Tuesday as the city got its first real taste of winter.

A Winter Weather Advisory was issued and the weather system produced 1 to 3″ totals across the Greater Chicago area.

It had been 288 days since the last measurable snow in the city. That snow amounted to 1.8″ and occurred back on March 15.

Area hardware stores saw a rush on shovels and salt and snow blowers

Across the Chicago region motorists also ran into trouble.  Slick roads caused crashes in a number of spots.

More snow still to come

A minor, fast-moving system may produce some wintry weather as some snow or a wintry mix Wednesday night. But it’s the late Friday night/Saturday/Saturday night system which continues to look interesting. Modeling has us sitting close to the rain/snow line, which is significant for several reasons.

Full forecast details and more at the WGN Weather Center blog

The heaviest snow in many such system occurs just north of the rain/snow demarcation. It also means the ultimate storm track is going to be critical in deciding who if anyone gets how much. It is way too early for anyone to be putting out accumulation numbers on the weekend system other than to say it merits careful observation as fresher data arrives.

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