Three inches of snow fell at Gurnee in Lake County between 6pm and 7:55 pm. Heavy snow continues to fall at the current time.
Heavy snow is also falling in Mt. Prospect, Wheeling and Arlington Heights. The snow has now spread into northern DuPage County.
A band of heavy lake effect snow extended from southeast Wisconsin near Racine and Kenosha southwest through Lake County and northwestern Cook County into northeast Kane County. The heaviest snow was falling from near Palatine and Arlington Heights west to Barrington, Elgin and Carpentersville. Snow had also begun at O’Hare and was continuing at Midway.
Two inches of snow fell in Lindenhurst in far northern Lake County in just 40 minutes this evening. It was still snowing heavily at the time of the report shortly after 7 p.m.
One band of heavy snow is pushing south through Lake and the eastern portions of McHenry counties and in now moving into far north and northwest Cook County from about Palatine to Barrington. Another band of lighter lake effect snow is moving west into Chicago. Light snow began at Midway Airport shortly before 7 p.m. and is moving into much of Cook County.
At 6:40 p.m. the latest radar trends indicated that a band of lake effect snow covered much of Lake and McHenry counties in northeast Illinois. The heaviest snow was falling within a few miles of the lakefront from Kenosha south to Lake Bluff were visilities had dropped to 1/4 mile or less. Snowfall should accumulate 2 to 5 inches overnight as the snowbands continue to move through the area.
The snow band has now reached the Waukegan area with the visibility there down to 1.5 miles. it should continue to drop to about 1/4 mile or less as the heavier part of the snow band moves in. The snow is continuing south and will be moving into southern Lake County, Illinois by about 6:30 reaching areas from Vernon Hills and Libertyville east to Lake Bluff.
Lake effect snow managed to avoid the Chicago area much of the afternoon but was going full-bore in surrounding areas. Two to 5 inches blasted southeast Wisconsin with the heaviest amounts around Milwaukee including a report of 4 inches on the Marquette campus and 4 inches at Oak Creek. To the east of the city afternoon snowfall totaled 3.5 inches at Portage, Indiana.
Latest readar trends show the Wisconsin band has now crossed the state line into extreme north portions of Lake and McHenry counties.