10AM Update: All advisories canceled

Most of the lake effect snow for the remainder of the day should be east of Porter County.  Minor accumulations are possible in La Porte, Berrien and St. Joseph Counties including Michigan City , Benton Harbor and South Bend. 

A dry, quiet and cold day is in store for Chicago and northeast Illinois.

 

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Lake and Porter Counties has been canceled

 

Below:  Current Chicago area Watch/Warning/Advisory Map

WGN Weather Center 7 Day Forecast

 MAP LEGEND:

White:   Winter Weather Advisory/Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Yellow:  Winter Storm Watch

Red:      Winter Storm Warning/Lake Effect Snow Warnin

Almost 43 year to the date-Another intense snowstorm hits Chicago

Last night’s storm dropped snow with the intensity of the “Blizzard of Short Duration” that struck Chicago almost 43 years to the date on February 23, 1967. That storm had much stronger winds and was not a result of lake effect. However, it dropped the visibliity to near zero, deposited similar amounts of snow, crippled traffic and was also accompanied by thunder and lightning.

It followed by less than a month after the city’s all-time biggest snowtorm, the 23.0 “Big Snow of January 26-27, 1967.
Below is a  a past weather feature that appeared on the Chicago Tribune weather page documenting that storm:
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Tim's Weather World: Nifty Fifty Inches of Snow

It’s official.  The 3.6″ of snow at O’Hare yesterday pushed our seasonal snowfall so far to 52.3″.  That is almost double what we normally have at this point in the winter.  Even more significant, this marks the third straight winter with snowfall of 50″ or more. 

snowman.jpgThe last and only other time on record this occured was back in the 70s.  At the end of that three year streak was the record winter snowfall of 89.7″ during the winter of 1978-1979.  That winter also had a political storm that swept through the heart of the “Chicago Machine”.  Winter weary voters vented their frustration at the voting polls.  Baby boomers like me will recall those nasty winters of the 60s and 70s. 

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Final storm totals

Here is a sample of storm totals from across the Chicago area from trained spotters.  These numbers comprise total snowfall over a 48hr period, from 7AM Tuesday until 7AM Thursday. 

8.7″   2mi W of Gurnee   (8.0″ from 7AM Wed until 7AM Thu)

5.8″   2mi NE of Gurnee 

5.7″   Lake of the Four Seasons, IN

5.2″   Valparaiso, IN

5.1″   Beach Park

5.1″   Elk Grove Village

5.0″   Elmhurst

4.3″   Buffalo Grove

3.6″   Chicago-O’Hare

3.5″   Westchester

3.6″   Romeoville

3.1″   Glenview

3.0″   Lake Bluff

2.9″   Chicago-Wrigley Field

2.3″   Dyer, IN

2.1″   Lincolnwood

2.0″   Oak Lawn

1,9″   Lake Villa

1.7″   Aurora

1.3″   Crown Point, IN

1.3″   Woodstock

1.0″   Peotone

0.8″   Oswego

0.7″   De Kalb

Snow Advisory continues for NW Indiana this morning

The snow is over for most of northeast Illinois with the exception of a few flurries east of the Dan Ryan and I-57.    Waves of mainly light lake effect snow will continue this morning over northwest Indiana, including Lake and Porter Counties. 

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Cook and Lake(IL) Counties has been cancelled.

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Lake and Porter Counties continues until Noon. Mostly light light lake effect snow can be expected this morning.   An additional 1″ of snow is possible bringing the total storm accumulation to 1″ to 4″ in Lake County and 3″ to 7″ in Porter County.   

Below: Chicago area watch/warning/advisory map as of 6:40AM 

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MAP LEGEND:

White:   Winter Weather Advisory/Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Yellow:  Winter Storm Watch

Red:      Winter Storm Warning/Lake Effect Snow Warning

1AM Update: Snow winding down

The band of heavy lake effect snow that pushed across the Chicago area tonight has drifted south into Kankakee County. 

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Cook and Lake(IL) Counties remains in effect until Noon, but will likely be canceled early as the majority of the accumulating snow is over.

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Lake and Porter Counties continues until Noon.  Additional waves of lake effect snow can be expected overnight and into this morning.

Below: Watch/Warning/Advisory map as of 12:40AM Thursday morning

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MAP LEGEND:

White:   Winter Weather Advisory/Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Yellow:  Winter Storm Watch

Red:      Winter Storm Warning/Lake Effect Snow Warning

Heavy snow band clears Cook County

The band of snow that dropped as much as 4″ to 8″ north  and west of the City of Chicago continues to weaken as it drifts south. 

At 12:50PM, the snow had cleared Cook County, and was drifting south through Will and Lake(IN) Counties. 

Once the band passes, only flurries are expected for the rest of the night in northeast Illinois with little or no additional accumulation.