CHICAGO —A major winter storm has hit the Chicago area with up to 11 inches of snow possible for parts by Wednesday.
A Winter Storm Warning began at 1 p.m. west and southwest (LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy, Kane, and DeKalb Counties) and started at 4 p.m. elsewhere (Cook, Lake IL, Mchenry, DuPage, Will Counties).
Winter Weather Advisory is south and southeast (eastern Will, Kankakee, Lake IN, Porter, Jasper Newton). All of these warnings and advisories last until Tuesday afternoon and many spots until Tuesday evening.
The evening commute was affected by steady light snow. Snow stays steady overnight, snow showers possible Tuesday morning, and likely still through the Tuesday afternoon.
As far as snow totals, from I-88 all the way north to the Stateline (including I-90 and Chicago) there is a possibility of 4-8” of snow. South of I-88 to I-80 (between those interstates) a possibility of 3-6” of snow is expected. South of I-80 is expected to see 0-3” of snow, with the lowest amounts the further south you head. Though those spots may see 0.10”-0.20” of an inch of ice.
In addition to all of this, winds look to be high. Sustained at 20-25mph, gusting to 35mph. This makes visibility much worse when driving in it, plus could lead to some power outages.
Updates from our previous Live Blog below.
9:15 p.m. When it’s all said and done, this will be the heaviest snowstorm of the winter. Reports from the city and suburbs.
Dozens of schools are delayed or closed tomorrow, click here for the latest updates.
7:00 p.m. – Snow starts hitting the suburbs
5:15 p.m. – Suburbs prepare for first major winter storm of season