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CBS 2 Weather Watch Prepping For The Storm

Join CBS 2 on Thursday, April 30 for America’s PrepareAthon, a national campaign to increase our community’s storm readiness and resilience.

04/28/2015

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Chilly Start To The Week, But Mid 70s By The Weekend

Monday’s high of 55 is about 10 degrees cooler than the normal high temperature for this time of year. Though it will be a chilly day, skies should be bright and clear all day. By Wednesday, temperatures should reach the mid 60s, which is the normal high for this time of year, and by Friday, Chicago could see the return of 70s.

04/27/2015

Snow dusts the windshielf of Bill Lawton's car in Lake Barrington, after early morning flurries on Wednesday. (Credit: Bill Lawton)

This Is April? Chicago Wakes Up To Flurries, Wind Chills In The 20s

No, you didn’t travel back in time while you were sleeping. That really was snow falling in some parts of the Chicago area Wednesday morning.

04/22/2015

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Wind Advisory Issued For Chicago Area

Hold on to your hats. Chicago will live up to its nickname as the Windy City on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

04/21/2015

The EF-4 tornado that hit Rochelle. (Credit: NIU)

Massive Fairdale Tornado Was One Of 11 In Illinois Last Week

Last Thursday’s severe weather created a total of 11 tornadoes in Illinois, including the rare EF-4 storm that destroyed much of two small towns west of Chicago.

04/16/2015

Rochelle Tornado

Ham Radio Operators Serve As ‘Eyes On The Ground’ When Severe Weather Hits

Tom Ciciora has been involved in amateur radio, or ham radio, for more than 40 years. He said, when thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service, amateur radio enthusiasts will head toward areas where it might be worst, using smartphone app radar as a guide.

04/13/2015

Houses and property in ruin the morning after a tornado swept through the town the previous day on April 10, 2015 in Fairdale, Illinois. According to reports, 11 people were injured and one person was killed when tornadoes and thunderstorms passed through the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Recovery Efforts Continue After Thursday’s Tornado

Neighbors in Fairdale and Rochelle have been rallying together to pick up the pieces, and get through this difficult time, after Thursday’s devastating tornado. Survivors and volunteers spent the entire weekend cleaning, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.

04/13/2015

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Tornado Watch Issued For Chicago Area

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the Chicago area on Thursday.

04/09/2015

Severe Weather Definitions

Understanding Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories From National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has modified the way it categorizes the anticipated risk of severe weather.

04/08/2015

Thursday brings an enhanced risk of severe storms to virtually all of Illinois, and much of Indiana and Missouri. (Credit: CBS)

Foggy Morning To Give Way To Rainy Afternoon, Stormy Thursday

Thunderstorms could fire up later in the day, bringing heavy rain, lightning, and hail up to the size of pennies, according to the National Weather Service. The threat of storms and hail continue into Thursday as temperatures soar to a high of about 70.

04/08/2015

A sunny morning in Flossmoor, Illinois, on March 30, 2015. (Credit: Chris Blomquist)

Real Spring Weather Finally Settling In

Spring weather finally seems to be here to stay, after it seemed like someone forgot to show Old Man Winter the door.

03/30/2015

The National Weather Service office in Romeoville. (Credit: Twitter/@NWSChicago)

More Snow Friday Morning, But Spring Weather Returns Next Week

Spring just keeps hitting the snooze button on us.

03/27/2015

A Chicago snow plow patrols city streets early Wednesday, when a snowstorm is expected to dump up to 4 inches of flakes on Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

Snowfall Prompts City To Deploy 200 Plows, Salt Trucks

The trucks will focus on arterial streets, Lake Shore Drive, hills, bridge decks, overpasses and “other vital public safety locations” early Friday, according to a statement from the department.

03/27/2015

Willow Springs after Monday's snowstorm. (Credit: Robert Herman)

Monday’s Snowstorm Was Latest 5-Inch Chicago Snowfall Since 1982

According to the National Weather Service, 5.8 inches of snow fell at O’Hare International Airport during Monday’s snowstorm, bringing the official total for the month to 6.5 inches. The average snowfall for March in Chicago is 5.6 inches.

03/24/2015

Snow in Crystal Lake on Monday. (Credit: Anne Larson)

Snow Totals For Monday, March 23, 2015

CHICAGO (CBS) — Below are the total snow fall amounts measured by National Weather Service observers on Monday, March 24, 2015: Monday’s snowstorm was the latest in the year Chicago has had more than 5 […]

03/24/2015

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Winter Returns As Storm Dumps More Than 5 Inches On Parts Of Chicago Area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until noon. Forecasters predicted up to 2 to 4 inches of snow north of Interstate 80, and 3 to 5 inches north of a line from Dixon to Waukegan.

03/23/2015

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March Weather Madness: Spring Arrives Friday, But Winter Returns Sunday

While Friday and Saturday should see temperatures in the 50s, or slightly above normal for this time of year, Sunday and Monday will be much chillier, with conditions more suitable for late February.

03/19/2015

Waves pound the Lake Michigan shoreline in Chicago. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

High Waves Prompt Lakeshore Flood Advisory

The National Weather Service issued a lakeshore flood advisory for Cook County, and Lake and Porter counties in northwest Indiana, until 1 p.m. Chicago time.

03/17/2015

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Dense Fog Advisory For Chicago Area Wednesday Morning

Visibility may sink to zero at times, but is expected to hover around a quarter mile, according to the National Weather Service.

03/11/2015

The sun rises over the Chicago skyline on Friday. (Credit: Bart Shore)

After Record Cold, Weekend Thaw Should Put A Spring In Chicago’s Step

Our clocks won’t be the only things springing forward this weekend. After setting a new record for cold overnight, temperatures will gradually return to normal for this time of year over the weekend, ahead of even milder conditions in the middle of next week.

03/06/2015

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