The snow will continue to intensify across the Chicago area. Here is what to expect over the next four hours.
Winter storm prompts hundreds of flight cancellations at OHare, Midway
Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind Gusts 35 to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2+ per hour
Preparation for heavy snow causes delays and cancellations at South Bend airport
Lake County officials say sheriff’s deputies have responded to about 40 crashes so far in Lake County. Several cars spun into ditches. Snowfall in some areas was approaching 10 inches.
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Oregon in Ogle County, 11.2 inches Pecatonica, Winnebago County 8.5 inches Bull Valley, McHenry County, 11.8 inches Rockford, Winnebago County 11.8 inches
More than 700 flights in all have been canceled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport as of Sunday evening.
Hundreds of flights canceled as Midwest braces for snowstorm
Mary Kay Kleist is looking at snow totals, and reports that 10.6 inches has already fallen in Woodstock. More snow totals:
Snow is stacking up… Blizzard conditions through the night as snow intensifies. Winds to 30mph & visibility to zero. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/9dKRYfv5IO
If the forecast holds up, this latest snow/blizzard could become one of the heaviest November storms in Chicago history.
Right now, the forecast calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow near O’Hare, where current official records are kept.
November 25-26, 1895: 12.0 inches November 20-21 2015, 11.2 inches November 6-7 1951, 9.3 inches November 25-26 1975, 8.9 inches November 26-27 1940, 6.4 inches November 25-26, 2018 ????
A massive snowstorm bearing down on the Chicago area has led to cancellations at both of the city's airports. | Sun-Times File Photo
ComEd is reporting more than 6,400 customers in Cook County and 2,400 in DuPage County have been affected by outages so far with the most severe weather yet to come for these areas.
Travel turned tricky and dangerous this afternoon in Rockford. Drivers caught in the storm on Interstate 39 got stuck in ditches. A semi jack knifed on Interstate 90 near Cherry Valley. There were several inches of snow on the ground before sunset.
Cant quite tell where the lanes are on W. Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. Theres still traffic on the road. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/IqQ987rJ8x
Parish Ashford can handle the snow tonight. It’s tomorrow that’s the real concern, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Ashford has to go to work at 4 a.m. “If the roads aren’t clear, it’s going to be rough.”
For snow plow driver Greg Meehan the snow, “it’s money, so it keeps me busy. The fun part is trying to keep up when we get heavy snow like this.”
The heavy rain that had been falling for several hours in the Loop started to turn into snow. Snow is not sticking on the roads.
Heavy snow in north suburban Lake Forest is proving to be a challenge for drivers, as of Sunday night.
Drivers in #Lakeforrest say the blowing snow on expressway is making visibility difficult. @cbschicago @ilwx pic.twitter.com/umjJudq02m
As of 7:30 p.m., 740 flights had been canceled at O’Hare International Airport, while 399 others were facing delays, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway International Airport, 124 flights had been canceled and 80 more were delayed.
CBS 2’s Robb Ellis says conditions will deteriorate very quickly overnight around the city. Travel will be very difficult all across Chicagoland overnight. Snow will continue through 9 a.m. in Illinois and until noon in Northwest Indiana, where there is only a winter weather advisory.
Snow could fall as fast as two inches per hour and cause periodic life-threatening blizzard conditions, the weather service said. Travelers should look out for rain transitioning with little notice into heavy, wet snow on Sunday afternoon.
Most of city changes to snow North wind gusts 40 mph to 50 mph Temps dropping, visibility near zero. Travel becomes difficult. Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour
Midnight to 4 a.m. Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind gusts 35 mph to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour
Heavy snow continues, but snow rates let up Blowing snow Wind gusts 30 mph to 40 mph Lake waves 10 to 15 feet
Snow wraps up from west to east Temperatures in 20s to near 30 Winds remain 20 to 35 mph Visibility improves
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Metra advised riders to allow extra travel time Monday and to be cautious on platforms and near tracks. At this hour, the system plans to operate on a normal weekday schedule.
At this time, Metra plans to operate a weekday schedule on all lines. Any changes to those plans will be posted on our website and through customer alerts via Twitter and email.
In Vernon Hills, snow was falling fast. Some people tried to get in some shopping before conditions got worse, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Snow was also falling steadily in western suburbs, link Glen Ellyn.
The snow is coming down fast in #VernonHills. This man knew the snow was headed his way but wanted to do some holiday shopping before the week started. @cbschicago #ilwx pic.twitter.com/JC5hroggla
Chicago has deployed 211 salt spreaders to clear the main roads and Lake Shore Drive. The city will expand it to about 280 salt spreaders after 8 p.m., according to John Tully, commissioner of Streets and Sanitation. Once the main roads are clear, the city will move to residential streets. The city currently has 360,000 tons of salt stored at 19 locations. Residents can view the snow fleet in real time.
Ahead of the snowfall, O’Hare International Airport has canceled 700 flights. A total of 123 flights were canceled at Midway. “We expect operations to stabilize by tomorrow morning when the snowfall ends,” said Jamie Rhee, the commissioner for the city’s Department Of Aviation.
“We do plan on opening schools as normal tomorrow. We are making special preparations to make sure schools are safe,’ she said at a news conference this evening. “We have been monitoring it for the last 48 hours and believe we have taken the necessary steps so students and teachers can get to school safely.”
The Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed 211 snow vehicles with salt spreaders focusing on the city’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive before transitioning to residential streets as needed.
The winter storm in effect could bring up to 12 inches of snow to northern Illinois, making one of the busiest travel days of the year even more difficult.
ComEd has opened its Emergency Operations Center, increased crew staffing and is readying equipment to quickly respond to potential outages. Customers can text OUT to 26633 to report outages and receive restoration information. ComEd encourages the public to call 1-800-334-7661 (or 1-800-955-8237 for Spanish speakers) if they encounter downed power lines.
Cook, DuPage, Will and Grundy counties will be under Blizzard Warnings starting at 6 p.m. The worst conditions are expected to hit these areas this evening.
The Illinois Tollway has deployed 196 snowplows to combat the overnight snowfall, according to a statement on sunday afternoon. Officials advise drivers in need of help on Tollway system to dial *999 from a cellphone for assistance from Illinois State Police District 15.
A total of 400 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
Cook County sent out an alert reminding residents to take caution when driving during the winter storm. The statement recommends storing a safety kit in vehicles along with keeping gas tanks at least half full.
A total of 311 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
The Coast Guard sent out a statement warning people to stay away from the shores of Lake Michigan during the winter storm. According to the statement, the Lakeshore Flooding Warning is in effect and life threatening waves could be as high as 12 to 18 ft.
A total of 260 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 114 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials announced they will meet with Chicago Snow Command to update the public on winter weather preparations. This update will come at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for parts of north central and northeast Illinois. Some of the counties include Some of the counties include Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, La Salle and Kendall.
BLIZZARD WARNING for N Illinois. This evening to tomorrow morning. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/F8ZoEW5zZ2
A total of 205 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 84 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.