The winter storm is the biggest to hit Chicago on New Year’s Day since 1999. Some areas have seen more than a foot of snow since the storm began New Year’s Eve.
After a mild weekend, temps have plunged below freezing, and will stay there through the end of the week, with lows in the single digits most nights. On top of that, the New Year likely could start with several inches of snow.
A freezing rain advisory was issued Sunday morning and extended to 2 p.m. for areas in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana.
Less than an inch of snow will fall Christmas during the day around Chicago, according to the National Weather Service. There’s a 40 percent chance more snow will fall this evening before 11 p.m., paired with wind gusts as high as 20 miles per hour.
Christmas Eve may be bright and bitter cold, but forecasters are predicting a white Christmas for the Chicago area.
Forecasters say snow and ice accumulations could make travel hazardous Sunday, and freezing drizzle is expected to linger throughout the day.
The Chicago area will get a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow over the weekend, although exactly what type of precipitation various areas will get is still unclear.
Snow, rain, ice? All of the above?
Up to five inches of snow could fall in some parts of the Chicago area Saturday, causing problems for air traffic at the city’s airports.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Cook County from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. Advisories for Will, Grundy, Kankakee and LaSalle counties begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through noon Saturday.
First came the snow, then the bitter cold. Temperatures dipped to 3 below zero overnight at O’Hare, with wind chills of 15 below.
Driving across northern Indiana could become difficult for Thanksgiving Day travelers with up to a foot of lake-effect snow possible in areas near Lake Michigan.
Drivers in the Chicago region should get a reprieve from snowy weather for the morning commute Tuesday, but isolated snow showers could affect roads later in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
More than 230 flights at O’Hare International Airport were cancelled after a storm passed through late Sunday morning.
The snow might be long over in Chicago, but parts of northwest Indiana have seen six or more inches of it on Tuesday, and could get a few more, thanks to lake effect snow.
A mild and dry start to the day on Monday will give way to freezing temperatures and light snow during the afternoon.
An area of heavy rainfall moving east will shower the region with one to two inches of rain and cause minor flooding, according to The National Weather Service, which issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for northwestern Illinois.
Temperatures dipped below freezing in Chicago for the first time this season overnight, and the first snowflakes began falling early Tuesday afternoon.
It may be time to break out the hat and gloves.
Thousands of households lost power Wednesday night as a severe thunderstorm rolled through the Chicago region, according to ComEd.