The latest computer model guidance into the WGN Weather Center on this Sunday morning continues to strongly suggest a significant snow event is possible starting on Monday night and lasting into Tuesday night.
Winter Storm Watches may be posted for part or all of the Chicago area later today. Check back with the WGN Severe Weather Blog for further updates throughout the day today or tune into CLTV for continuous local weather updates every 10 minutes.
These incredible pictures of the mega-snowstorm that buried the Washington D.C. area with more than 30 inches of snow in some areas were sent to us by native Chicagoan Robert Schwartz a student at American University in Washington. The official snowfall at American University was 27.5 inches.
Photos by Robert Schwartz
As low pressure moved out to sea Saturday, the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were digging out of record snowfalls. Totals in the Washington,D.C. area ranged from a low of 17.9 inches at Ronald Reagan National Airport to 40 inches in the northern suburb of Colesville, MD. Dulles Airport reported a record 32.4 inches. Philadelphia measured 28.5 inches with just over two feet in downtown Baltimore. Atlantic City had 18 inches while New York City received just a trace of snow in Central Park. Even locations in western Virginia and Maryland and eastern Pennsylvania had 1 to 2 feet.
Chicago in path of next storm
A storm is forecast to move out of the central plains and merge with a strong upper air disturbance coming in from the northwest Monday. Snow is expected to spread into the Chicago metro area Monday night and increase in intensity Tuesday. At this stage it’s still too early to determine the exact track the center of the storm will take, but if preliminary guidance proves correct, northeast Illinois as well as southeastern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana are in for significant snow accumulations. Strong easterly winds would causing considerable blowing and drifting snow making travel extremely dangerous.
My father used to say “winter’s back is broken” once we get into February. What do the statistics actually say?
Chicago’s weather records make an unequivocal statement that, on average, winter is not as harsh in February as it is in January, and data support your father’s claim that “winter’s back is broken” by Feb. 1.
February temperatures average 5.0 degrees higher than in January (27.0 degrees versus 22.0) and its snowfall is 2.1 inches less (8.5 inches versus 10.6), but the operative word is average. We live in a climate more prone to large swings above and below the averages than adherence to those averages.
In fact, despite the averages, February has been colder than January in 48 years out of 139 (35 percent), and snowier than January in 58 years out of 125 (46 percent).
Thanks to Julie Frey Wilke for sending us this neat picture of an unusual snow drift photographed about a mile off of exit 201 on I-65 near Remington, Indiana.
Photo b Julie Frey Wilke