CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s looking like a snowy start to 2022.
A winter storm is developing that could drop three to six inches of snow across the Chicago area. However, the track of the storm could still change, leading to more rain than snow, according to CBS 2 meteorologist Laura Bannon.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect Snowstorm
The snow is currently expected to start around noon on New Year’s Day and continue though early Sunday morning, especially along Lake Michigan. High winds are also expected, which could make traveling difficult. Then, temperatures turn colder, with lows in the single digits Sunday night.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Added To Lawsuit Over Removal Of Christopher Columbus Statue In Little Italy
Big New Year’s storms have happened before. Many might remember the New Year’s Day storm of 1999, when a total of 21.6 inches fell at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. That ranks as the second biggest snowfall in Chicago history.
There is currently no indication that a storm this weekend would reach totals like that.MORE NEWS: Illinois DCFS Director Marc Smith On Hot Seat Before State Lawmakers Over Lack Of Beds And Foster Homes For Kids, Other Issues
We went into the CBS 2 News digital archives to find the three worst blizzards in Chicago. And just this past February, about 18 inches fell at Midway International Airport, but only a little more than seven inches at O’Hare.