Chicago Under Winter Storm Warning

Updated 12/12/10 8:08 p.m. C.T.

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s shaping up to be a nasty weekend for weather in Chicago. First, the rain Saturday, then snow overnight. Now, frigid temperatures and high winds are in the forecast for Sunday.

A winter storm warning for all Illinois counties went into effect at 3 a.m. Sunday, and will last until midnight.

Rain fell Saturday afternoon, but cold air quickly spread across the region. Freezing drizzle and a mix of rain and snow fell overnight.

“It should transition to all snow by the morning,’’ NWS meteorologist Jim Allsopp said.

Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne said his team is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

LISTEN: Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne

Strong, gusty winds are also predicted Sunday, the height of the nasty weather.

“The worst of it will be tomorrow during the day, with snow, strong gusty winds, blowing snow and wind chills below zero,’’ Allsopp said.

Two to four inches of snow are predicted for the Chicago area, but it could be much more for Indiana, especially in Porter County.

“In Northwest Indiana, there could be up to a foot of snow,” Allsopp said.

Winds will rapidly strengthen Sunday morning, with gusts in excess of 45 mph.

These winds, combined with the falling and newly fallen snow will create considerable blowing and drifting, with reduced visibility.

Temperatures will drop into the teens Sunday and brisk winds will persist, creating dangerous wind chills of 10 to 20 below zero on Sunday night through Tuesday morning.

The wind chills may reach as low as 30 below zero in some areas.

“If you have Christmas shopping to do, do it today,’’ Allsopp said. “You don’t want to be out there tomorrow.”

  • the truth

    Oh, the weather outside is frightful…..

    • jayso

      But the fire is so delightful,

      • peewee

        let it snow…you know the rest

  • Gary S.

    Go Bears!

  • Amy Freeze the Second

    Any time the weatherman makes a forecast for snow, I take the amount that they are predicting and cut it in half. Then I divide it in half again, and that’s usally the final snow total.

    • Math Genius

      why not just divide by 4 and be done with it?

      • Cowboy


  • Mary K. A

    Since we got nowhere to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!!

  • gary

    Ahhhhhhh….retired to Scottsdale, Az 3 years ago….our forecast for Sunday is 81 degrees!!

  • Flackman

    It was never this bad when Richard J. Daley was mayor.

  • betty rock

    how depressing gary 81 ! hellooo when its xmas you want it to feel like xmas , i dont understand how you can know what month it is ,i spent last thanksgiving in palm springs calif and cried whole time , didnt know what month it was so depressing …i love the seasons! and change , i spent 7 months in southern calif , and not one cloud , no rain ,no change, i was going mad….you can have your warm weather, happy easter to you

  • Acestation

    next monday night is at the metrodome. the vikings will play on monday night at the dome. i would not want to play the vikings right now, they are a much better team now with nothing better to do then play spoiler

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