National Weather Service
The National Weather Service is warning people to stay out of Lake Michigan today, because of large waves and dangerous rip currents along the lakefront in Illinois and Indiana.
Temperatures skidded so sharply this weekend that Chicago felt like Alaska — only colder.
Very strong winds from the north created high waves on on Lake Michigan on Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service warn people to stay out of the lake and to be cautious on the Lakefront path and for a number of Chicago area beaches to close.
Large waves on Lake Michigan are forecast for Tuesday afternoon, making boating, swimming and even using the bike path in certain locations hazardous.
As the area continues to endure temperatures in the mid 90s with triple digit heat indexes, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory.
Remember all that talk about how dry it was last year? A lot has changed since then.
Continuous heavy rainfall for several hours Wednesday morning caused flooding in several northern suburbs, and forced state police to shut down part of the Edens Expressway.
Crews were working to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses Thursday morning, after powerful storms tore down branches, uprooted entire trees, and knocked down power lines all across the Chicago area.
The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with a possibility of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.
Several Chicago-area counties are under a flash flood warning as “torrential” thunderstorms move across the metro area.
“Tornado sheltering basics involved three steps – get in, get down and cover-up. The overall goal is to avoid flying and falling debris by putting as many barriers between you and the tornado as possible,” according to one expert at the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.
A winter storm that buried much of central Illinois in heavy snow largely missed the Chicago area Sunday and early Monday. The storm prompted many schools and universities downstate to cancel classes, and police advised people not to drive in that part of the state unless it’s an emergency.
Snow plows were out in force, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at the city’s airports, and many area schools were closed on Tuesday, amid a storm that could drop up to 10 inches of snow.
A winter storm bringing a mix of freezing rain, sleet, and heavy snow is bearing down on the Chicago area, and could make for a messy afternoon commute.
Snow continued to blanket the Chicago region Friday morning, making driving conditions more hazardous for commuters, officials said.
A winter weather advisory is in effect tonight for the Chicago area.
A “significant winter storm” could bring as much as four or five inches of snow to parts of the Chicago area late Thursday and early Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
According to CBS 2′s Ed Curran, the storm will create freezing rain that will create a coating of ice that could amount to one to two tenths of an inch.
The question remains: Why haven’t we had more snow? CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.
Those dreaming of a white Christmas in Chicago might get a flurry — but it won’t be a winter wonderland.