Snowstorm could dump up to 9 inches of snow in area; Winter Storm Warning in effect until Sunday


CHICAGO — A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Sunday morning and the snowstorm could leave up to 9 inches of snow in parts of the area.

As of 9 p.m. Saturday, several parts of the Chicago area have seen several inches of snow accumulation, with over four inches reported in northwest suburban Palatine.

The warning went into effect at 9 a.m. Saturday for Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Ogle, Lee, De Kalb, Kane, La Salle, Kendall, Grundy and will counties.

The warning goes into effect at noon for Lake, DuPage and Cook counties in Illinois.

Snow is set to begin between 10 a.m. and noon with the heaviest falling from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. Four to 9 inches is possible, locally more lakeside.

The Department of Streets and Sanitation will deploy 211 salt spreaders in response to the snowstorm. Salt spreaders will focus on ice and snow along Chicago’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive to ensure they are safe for drivers.

Winds will become a big factor, strengthening in gusts to 35mph and, along Lake Michigan and in open areas, locally to 40 mph.

Colder air drawn into the storm will fluff snow up making it more susceptible to blowing and drifting.

The coldest temps and wind chills of the season to date are to sweep into the area with air temps falling to single digits from Chicago and west by daybreak Sunday amid howling north winds. This will generate wind chills dropping to into the 5-above to 8-below range from Chicago west–moderated to 5 to 15-above in northwest Indiana because of winds off the lake–but falling there during Sunday.

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