In September or October 1959 we heard the classic a freight-train wind sound for nearly a minute in the Edison Park-Norwood Park area on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Trees were down all over the place. Was it a tornado?
Bob Johnson, Buffalo Grove
Around 7p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1959, a tornado carved a 12-mile path of destruction from near O’Hare International Airport through Niles and Park Ridge. Most of the damage was F1 but there were pockets of F2 damage. The twister was spawned by severe thunderstorms that packed wind gusts to 75 mph. A garage was demolished near Touhy and Caldwell avenues and a roof was torn off a building at Milwaukee and Touhy avenues. Numerous boats were swamped on Lake Michigan and power failures were widespread. The Evanston and Wilmette areas were especially hard hit, with fallen trees blocking many streets. Storm damage was estimated at more than $250 thousand dollars.
At 12:15 pm radar indicated that the area of snow that brought a general 1 to 2 inches and locally up to 3 inches of snow to the Chicago area overnight and this morning has moved east of the area. Cloudy skies remain and some light snow or flurries may occur through the afternoon but with little if any new accumulation.
At 11:15 am radar showed the snow rapidly moving out of the area. Skies were brightening as the snow clouds moved out. Totals across the area generally ranged from 1 inch or less across southern sections to as much as 3 inches near the Wisconsin border.
Here are some late snow totals
Downers Grove 1.9 inches
DeKalb 1.3 inches
Oak Brook 2.0 inches
At 10:40 a.m. this morning snow continuing to fall across much of the Chicago area but latest radar trends along with slowly increasing visibilities confirmed that it is in the waning stages.
At 10 am visibilities ranged from, 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile across the north and west portions of the region to 1 to 3 miles in areas to the south where it was still snowing. The snow was coming to an end south of I-88.The snow should continue to diminish through the remainder of the morning and be ending shortly after noon.
Some late snow totals include ;
Midway Airport 1.1 inches
Lake Bluff 2.1 inches
Northbrook 15 inches
Arlington Heights 2.5 inches
Milton Wisconsin 3.0 inches
As of 9:30AM, radar indicates light snow continues to fall over much of northeast Illinois north of Interstate 80. Embedded within this area of light snow are pockets of moderate snow that are reducing visibilities to 1/2 mile or less.
South of Interstate 80, much of the snow has tapered to flurries or has ended.
The steady snow is expected to end between 11:00AM and 11:30AM with a total accumulation of one to two inches. A few northern suburbs may see up to 3 inches of snow.
After 11:30AM, the snow will taper to flurries or end over the entire Chicago area, with little or no additional accumulation expected for the rest of the day.
Moderate to briefly heavy snow has been falling across portions of the Chicago area this morning. How long will it last and how much snow will we end up with? Follow the link below and check out the very latest on the WGN Severe Weather Blog (or just Google “WGN Severe Weather Blog”).
As of 8:30AM, light snow is falling across most of the Chicago area. However, radar and surface observations continue to indicate a band of moderate to briefly heavy snow is quickly moving across Cook and DuPage Counties. This band of snow should move east and out over Lake Michigan between 9:15AM and 9:30AM.
Here are a few recent surface observations:
8:15AM Waukegan: Moderate snow, 1/2 mile visibility
8:27AM Wheeling: Moderate snow, 1/2 mile visibility
8:29AM Aurora Moderate snow, 1/2 mile visibility