CHICAGO (CBS)– Much as predicted, a winter storm has swept into the Chicago area this weekend, bringing rain, snow, ice and high winds.
Heavy rain on Friday evening was followed by snow, strong winds, and storm surge on Lake Michigan.
As of 4 p.m., snow was headed through western Illinois from Missouri – and was expected to move into the Chicago area as sunset came around.
Snowfall totals were expected to be moderate – but depending on where the snow bands settle, accumulation could come at a rate of 1 inch per hour, CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist reported.
Altogether, accumulating snow of two to four inches is expected Saturday afternoon and evening for most of the city. High amounts approaching six to seven inches along the Wisconsin state line.
A winter weather advisory was in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday for most of the Chicago area. Kankakee County was added to the advisory late on Saturday afternoon.
In DeKalb and McHenry counties and parts west and Kenosha County, Wisconsin to the north, a winter storm warning was in effect until 3 a.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect for Cook, Lake and Lake (IN) counties until 6 a.m. Sunday. Gusty north winds could also lead to lakeshore flooding and waves of 12 to 18 feet, the highest in Chicago since 2014.
Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will counties were under a Flood Watch until 6 p.m. Saturday.
On Saturday around 10 a.m., South Shore Drive is closed from 67th to 71st streets due to high water, according to Chicago Office-Emergency Management. That closure remained in effect through the afternoon.
Strong winds have been reported, including gusts of over 50 miles per hour. A photo sent to CBS 2 meteorologist Ed Curran shows wind damage in Lincoln Park.
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Temperatures are expected to warm up on Monday back near the 40s into Tuesday.