CHICAGO — A major winter storm dropped the first significant snow in the Chicago area over the last several hours.
About 5.8″ of snow fell outside O’Hare from Monday evening to Tuesday afternoon, making it the heaviest snowfall seen in the area since November 2018. Many suburban communities reported more than 4″ of snow so far, up to 6.8″ spotted in St. Charles.
Several accidents were reported as fresh snow and freezing drizzle made for hazardous driving conditions Tuesday morning. Difficult conditions could continue into the evening, although snows are expected to diminish in the afternoon.
And the first significant snowfall of the season has brought back a true Chicago tradition: “dibs” is back in many neighborhoods as residents fill recently-shoveled street spaces with parking cones and other objects to reserve their spot to park.
A Winter Storm Warning covering most of the Chicago area has been canceled Wednesday evening, while a Warning and Advisory for surrounding areas expired at 12 p.m.
Lake effect snow for areas close to the city, primarily Cook County and Lake County, IN will cause additional accumulations of 1-2 inches tonight into Wednesday.
The low pressure system will move NE out of southern Indiana today, gradually weakening, eventually reaching New York and New England later Wednesday.
City officials have dispatched about 280 salt spreaders to clear main streets and have created warming centers in libraries and park facilities.
Dozens of schools are delayed or closed Tuesday, click here for the latest updates.