Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Chicago Area

WBBM Newsradio Staff
November 11, 2019 - 9:31 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With up to six inches of snow possible for the Chicago area, the National Weather service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 2 p.m. Monday. 

A total of three to five inches of snow is expected in Chicago and most of Illinois, as snow continues to fall Monday morning. Northwest Indiana is expected to receive up to six inches. 

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake Ill., Lake Ind., La Salle, McHenry and Will counties until 2 p.m. It will be in effect for Boone and DeKalb counties until noon Monday. The advisory is in effect in Porter and Jasper counties until 9 p.m. and for Newton and Benton counties in Indiana and Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties in Illinois until 6 p.m. 

Gusty north to northwest winds Monday could result in some minor blowing and drifting snow in open areas. The National Weather Service warns that untreated roads will become snow covered and travel will be difficult. 

In addition to the Winter Weather Advisory, the National Weather Service issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning in effect until noon. North winds up to 35 mph will build waves up to 11 feet Monday. Winds will slowly turn northwest Monday afternoon into Monday night with waves slowly subsiding into Tuesday morning. Flooding and beach erosion are expected along the Lake Michigan shoreline in Cook County.

About 1.6 inches of snow fell on O’Hare International Airport between midnight and 6 a.m., according to weather service meteorologist Andrew Krein. The heaviest snowfall is expected between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., before tapering off in the afternoon, Krein said. The snowfall should end by 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. — just in time for the evening commute.

“Any [snowfall> in the afternoon is going to be relatively light; but it will be windier and colder, and what’s fallen with be blowing around and may reduce visibility,” Krein said.

Airlines had canceled more than 300 flights by 8 a.m. at O’Hare and Midway airports, according to the Chicago Department of Aviations. Delays at O’Hare were averaging 59 minutes.

Temperatures will peak in the low 30s Monday, then drop to 12 degrees over the next two nights, according to the weather service. Tuesday’s high will be 21 degrees; Wednesday will reach 29 degrees, according to the weather service.

The deep freeze is bizarre, even by Chicago’s unpredictable standards. Average highs for this time of the month usually sit in the mid 50s, with lows rarely dropping below 30, according to weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi.

Tuesday’s high of 22 should easily break the record for the coldest high on Nov. 12, which was set in 1995 when temperatures peaked at 28 degrees, Izzi said.

In preparation for the snow and wintry conditions, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will deploy more than 200 spreaders and add more crews as conditions warrant, officials said.

Skies will clear Tuesday as temperatures inch upward over the rest of the week, the weather service said. Forecasts predict that temperatures will hover in the 20s and 30s before climbing to nearly 40 degrees over the weekend.

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