Chicago Weather Radar: Up to 14 inches of snow is expected for Tuesday, higher totals from sea power

CHICAGO (WLS) – Another winter storm hit Chicago on Monday and in some places will drop more than a foot of heavy snow-effect snow. It is possible that some areas may see 14 inches or more when it’s all over.

The day began with a very intense band of snow draped along northern Cook County, according to ABC7 meteorologist Cheryl Scott.

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The highest snowfalls are expected in Chicago and Cook County as well as areas along Lake Michigan, Scott said. Many areas had already seen 4 to 6 inches fall by mid-afternoon Monday.

The heaviest snow was expected to fall between kl. 18 and midnight when a winter storm system from Texas spread to the area Monday night.

From kl. 22 Valparaiso had picked up 13.3 inches of snow followed by Midway with 11.9 inches, Oak Park with 11 inches, Harwood Heights with 8.8 inches and 8.5 inches in Oak Lawn.

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From midnight to Tuesday morning, the system’s snow begins to subside, but sea effect snow continues. Finally, the snow effect snow begins to end gradually between kl. 9 and dinner Tuesday.

A winter storm warning continues until 6 p.m. 12 Tuesday for counties in Cook and Lake (IL). Other area warnings and warnings end at 9 in the morning Wind cooler will remain below zero all day Monday.

Heavy snow, bitter cold creates dangerous driving conditions

Heavy snow, gusts of wind and the bitter cold temperatures created dangerous driving conditions on the surfaces and intermediate roads.

Illinois State Police said Monday at 20.15 had responded to 135 different crashes in the Chicago area and helped about 60 drivers since midnight.

“The biggest concern was when it started to snow heavily and everyone was moving very slowly, I couldn’t keep the snow away from the windshield,” said driver Steve Martin.

The city of Chicago deployed more than 300 snow vehicles and has asked drivers to slow down under the treacherous conditions. And with all the snow we’ve had recently, the city said it plans to dump the snow in certain areas if necessary to get those piles out of the neighborhoods.

“The main focus will be on arterial streets, so those of you who are in the streets of homes, just be patient,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. “This is a moment-on-deck moment and we are ready to ensure that our city continues to function even in this extreme weather conditions.”

The snow fell so intensely that all plows could really do is make room for more snow.

“We have over 3 feet of snow, and when it comes down in clusters, it makes it very difficult,” said Doug Halverson, a plow operator with Arctic Snow and Ice.

White-out conditions reported along Chicago’s waterfront

In Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, the wind whipped from the lake along Sheridan Road, creating intense blowing snow conditions.

A few blocks west of the lake it is a completely different story: the wind is much calmer and there is hardly any snow. The snow caught some on guard.

“I just got out of ‘burbs, and’ burbs there was nothing,” Courtney Podczerwinski said. “And then you come down here by the lake, and it’s all nuts.”

Gas pipeline fire shoots flames into the sky at Highland Park

The sea effect snow band dropped several inches of snow along Chicago’s North Shore Monday afternoon. Kl. 18 Evanston reported that 8 inches of snow had fallen. At one point, Wilmette saw 2.6 inches of snow fall in an hour.

In Highland Park, flames shot up into the sky on Green Bay Road, where the city said a contractor tore up the gas pipeline with a Bobcat. Highland Park officials said ComEd is working with North Shore Gas to repair the line.

Evanston dazzled its tornado sirens to warn people to get their cars off highways for a parking ban on the snow route, and Niles residents received an answering machine and a text message warning people that the storm was coming.

Sea effect snow piles up in northwest Indiana

Heavy snow also hit northwest Indiana, where wiped-out conditions were observed at Marquette Park Beach in Gary.

The Indiana Department of Transportation released 1,100 plowshares on the roads Monday night.

Gary Public School students have been asked to stay home Tuesday. It was supposed to be their first day back in the classroom since last March – but they will now have to wait until Thursday.

Several Cook County vaccinations will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 16, due to the winter storm, officials said. Vaccinations continue at Stroger Hospital, Provident Hospital and Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, but all other locations, including large facilities, will be closed.

Officials said anyone already scheduled for an appointment will be contacted and rescheduled for another appointment this week.

Mobile COVID-19 test sites were closed Monday due to extreme cold; however, community-based test sites remained open.

According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, there have been more than half a dozen hypothermia-related deaths so far this winter season. Frostbite and weather-related damage are also increasing.

To find a heating center nearby, residents can call 311 city services or visit 311.chicago.gov.

The city also has dozens of other places where people can seek refuge during the day, including the Chicago Cultural Center, public libraries, Park District locations, and local police departments.

The city is also asking people to shovel and salt in front of their homes and businesses and check on the neighbors. The city also urged people not to shovel snow off rooftops as it is a great way to get hurt. Officials say if your home is heated properly, some of the snow will melt.

Fire officials are also reminding people to make sure their smoke detectors work – citing a recent rash of fatal fires and offering a reminder not to use heaters for heating and keep space heaters at least three meters away from all combustibles.

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