Updated 01/02/2014 – 2:45 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — If your New Year’s resolution was to get more exercise, you can begin by shoveling the snow that has piled up steadily since Tuesday night, with up to 18 inches in some suburbs.
The winter storm is the biggest to hit Chicago on New Year’s Day since 1999. As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 5.8 inches had fallen at O’Hare International Airport. The northern suburbs were hit hardest, with 18 inches reported in Gurnee, 13.8 inches in Riverwoods, 13.7 inches in Mundelein, and 12.9 inches in Beach Park.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports the heaviest band of lake effect snow began moving south along the lake late Thursday morning just south of Milwaukee, and arrived in Chicago soon after.
That narrow band of snow will pivot into northwest Indiana after hitting Chicago, and could bring as much as 10 inches of additional snow close to the lake.
In northwest Indiana, Lake and Porter counties were under a lake effect snow warning until midnight Thursday night Chicago time. Jasper and Newton counties were under a lake effect snow advisory, also until midnight Thursday night Chicago time.
The city of Chicago’s full fleet of 287 snow plows and salt spreaders has been working to clear the city’s main streets since Tuesday afternoon, working practically non-stop. In addition, 26 four-wheel drive vehicles were deployed Thursday morning, along with 60 garbage trucks equipped with quick-hitch snow plows.
Though some side streets have been cleared, many have yet to be plowed, as the trucks work to keep up with the snow. You can track where snow plows are working in your neighborhood by clicking here.