The snow keeps on coming across the Chicago area this afternoon with the heaviest storm totals so far targeting areas north of the city in Lake County where lake-enhancement has added to the storm totals.
Mundelein 6.1 inches
Waukegan 7.0 inches
Antioch 8.0 inches
Wadsworth 7.0 inches
Some other area totals
Chesterton, Indiana 5.5 inches
Peotone 3.9 inches
Portage, Indiana 4.9 inches
Thanks Cliff Lyde of Midlothian for passing along these shots from today’s snowstorm. Snowfall there was closing in on 6 inches when these shots were taken.
Photos by Cliff Lyde
Here are a few snowfall totals from outside the Chicago area.
15.4″ Finland, MN
12.0″ Osage, IA
9.5″ Winona, MN
8,8″ Waterloo, IA
8.4″ St. Paul, MN
8.0″ Ames, IA
5.0″ Peoria, IL
4.0″ South Haven, MI
Bands of moderate to heavy snow continue to move thorugh the Chicago area. At 4 pm radar indicated the heaviest bands across Lake County, Illinois, southeast McHenry County and much of Cook County. Conditions are variable with near zero visibility in the heaviest bands ranging to about 1 miles when the snow lightens. So far storm snow totals have been in the 6-8 inch range across the north portion of the metro area ranging to about 4-6 inches in central and southern sections,
With snow continuing through much of tonight several more inches of accumulation can be expected.
At 4pm visibilities of 1/2 mile or less were reported at Aurora, Waukegan, Wheeling, Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.
A late report of 8 inches of snow has come in from Lake County, Illinois near Round Lake. radar continues to show bands of heavy snow across portions of Lake and northern Cook counties . Overall there has been a trend for the snow to increase through the afternoon hours as lake-enhancement adds extra moisture to the storm system.
Several more inches of snow are expected to accumulate across the area as evening approaches.
Moderate to heavy snow has been falling much of the afternoon across the northern portions of the Chicago metro area where lake-enhancement has been evident from radar returns.
A report just in from Antioch reports 7.5 inches of snow there.
Visibilities have been dropping below 1/2 mile across the northern suburbs much of the afternoon and latest radar trends show a band of strong snow returns setting up along the west shore of Lake Michigan as the lake-enhancement phase of this storms begins to set in.
In Northbrook snow totals have reached 5.3 inches and to the north in Wisconsin a rash of 5-7 inch storm totals are being reported.
At 2:30 pm the visibility had dropped to 1/4 mile at both Kenosha and Wheeling, indicating heavy snow was occurring.