Up To 4 Inches Of Snow Expected Sunday

February 17, 2019 - 10:46 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A burst of heavy snowfall continued to push through the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, potentially bringing up to 4 inches of total accumulation before Monday.

As a result, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Chicago region and northwest Indiana.

Bands of heavy snowfall moving across parts of northeast Illinois will likely transition to lighter snow by the afternoon, the weather service said. Up to 3 inches of fresh daytime snowfall is expected, and another inch of snow is possible during the night time hours.

Drivers should use caution on snow-covered roads with limited visibilities and allow extra time for travel, the weather service said.

Temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees during the day before dropping to 24 degrees at night, when wind gusts up to 20 mph push into the area, the weather service said.

The snowfall prompted nearly 200 flight cancellations at Chicago’s two major airports by late Sunday morning, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

As of 12:50 p.m., 144 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport and another 49 flights had been grounded at Midway International Airport, the department of aviation said. Travelers at O’Hare were also facing average delays of nearly an hour, while delays at Midway were averaging less than 15 minutes.

Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 211 vehicles to respond to the snowfall, according to a statement from the agency. Salt spreaders are working to keep Lake Shore Drive and the city’s main roads safe and passable before possibly transitioning to residential streets.

Another round of snowfall is expected on Monday, the weather service said.

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