Icicles hang from this tree in Dallas Texas in the recent ice storm there. This photo comes to us from Nina Kuzio who forwarded this shot from her nephews wife Margaret Glasch in Dallas.
Thanks to Mick Morel for this great shot showing the effect of freezing temperatures, snow and wave erosion at Dempster Street Beach in Evanston.
In the wake of the first significant snow of the season (3.1″ at O’Hare) Arctic air will strengthen its grip on the area with wind chills tonight dipping down to 5 to 15 below in our coldest spots tonight. A reinforcing shot of Arctic air will arrive Wednesday and by Thursday morning most outlying areas will see subzero lows. It could be just the second time in the last 30 years to see temperatures dip below zero so early in the season.
High temperatures on Wednesday may not get out of the teens. That would be the coldest day we have seen since a high of 14° on February 1st this year.
A clipper system will carry that bitterly cold air here and when it passes through early Wednesday it could lay down a fresh coating of fluffy snow. Early indications are 1-3″ could accumulate. Beyond that, another system late Friday into early Saturday has the potential to squeeze out 2-4″ of snow.
This has been a snowy start to winter, at least relatively speaking. The first 1″ snowfall last winter didn’t occur until January 25th while the first 3″ snow didn’t hit until February 26th.
9:00 pm CST
Here are the latest snow totals through 9pm
Midway 2.2 inches
Downers Grove 2.9 inches
Mundelein 3.5 inches
During last year’s snow-starved early winter, the Chicago did not log its first 1 inch snowfall until January 25th when 1.1 inches fell. That ended a record 335-day stretch without an inch of snow, the city’s longest snow drought on record. That’s not that case this season as the season’s first significant snowfall blanketed the entire area Sunday with totals ranging from nearly 5 inches in near the Wisconsin state line to an inch or less in southern sections of the area where snow became mixed with freezing drizzle Sunday evening.
Cold to strengthen
The fresh snow cover should enhance the current cold spell keeping daytime highs in the teens and lower and allowing overnight temperatures to tumble to near or below zero until a warm-up sets in by the end of the week when temperatures are expected to return to the freezing mark.
Chicago’s first significant snow event of the year is winding down as snowfall is quickly ending from west to east. Snowfall totals for much of the metro region are in the one to three inch range with some northwest and north suburbs measuring in excess of four inches.
Here are a few of the more recent reports:
1.4″ Chicago- O’Hare
1.4″ Chicago- Midway
1.7″ Downers Grove
1.2″. Carbon Hill
1.0″ Oak Lawn