Here are some of the latest snowfall totals from across the Chicago region as of 7:00AM:
1.3″ Hawthorn Woods
1.3″ Buffalo Grove
1.2″ La Grange Park
1.0″ Valparaiso, IN
1.0″ North Aurora
0.9″ Lake of the Four Seasons, IN
0.9″ Downers Grove
0.7″ Chicago- O’Hare (observation taken at 6AM)
At 6:50AM, light snow continues to fall across much of the Chicago area.
There is a 15 mile wide band of moderate to briefly heavy snow showing up on radar 40 miles west and northwest of downtown Chicago. In addition, sensors along Interstate 39 south of Rockford have reported visibilities of one half mile or less.
This band of heavier snow is moving east at 20mph and will affect portions of Kane and McHenry Counties (incuding stretches of the Northwest Tollway) between 7:00AM and 7:45AM.
I have a love/hate relationgship with Groundhog’s Day. I hate it but love it when it is over. The best thing about Groundhog’s Day is the movie of the same name it inspired that stars Chicago’s very own Bill Murray. Some local animal lovers oppose the holiday entirely and prefer to let sleeping groundhogs sleep.
Most studies show that Punxsutawney Phil is only about 40% accurate. The good news (for most of us) is that the official long range forecast from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is for above average temperatures from February through April. The forecast also calls for below average precipitation during that period.
There is at least one good use for groundhogs though, click here to find a recipe for groundhog and sweet potatoes.
Snow officially began to fall at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport at 11:31PM Monday night.
The snow is expected to continue into the early morning rush, before tapering to flurries later in the day Tuesday.
The latest computer model guidance together with radar trends indicate that there are no significant changes to what we are expecting out of this storm system. Most of the Chicago area will see one to two inches of snow by mid-morning on Tuesday. A few locations could see up to three inches of accumulation.
Check back at around 7AM Tuesday when we will post a storm update including overnight snowfall totals.
Snow–modest by February standards—greets poll-bound area residents Tuesday. It’s the first to fall in February and marks the 20th day this season measurable snowfall has occurred . It comes only days after the close of a January which tallied just 9.1 inches of snow, more than 80 percent of which (7.4 inches) which fell in a single early month storm on Jan. 7-8. The month’s snow tally was 11.3 inches below the most recent thirty year average and more than a foot (12.4 inches) below January a year ago.
Tuesday’s slushy Election Day accumulations are likely to range from 1 to a little over 2 inches–most of it accumulating on untreated outdoor surfaces, such a side streets, sidewalks and driveways. Absent Tuesday will be significant wind and bitterly cold arctic air, regular visitors in early February. Only 14 years ago in 1996, the city shivered through a bitter three-day cold spell during which a majority of hourly temperatures remained below zero setting new records–not only for the coldest Feb. 2 and 3 overnight lows on the books since 1871, but for the coldest daytime high temperatures as well.
Coming days will be nowhere near as cold Daytime highs reach the 30s Tuesday and Wednesday and may make a move on 40-degrees away from Lake Michigan Thursday. These are temperature levels which assure road chemicals will work at maximum efficiency.
The sections of the metro area which receive 2 inch tallies Tuesday will have received nearly half the total amount recorded here ALL of February 2009. The month logged measurable snowfall on only four days.
Snows end as sunshine emerges Wednesday. But a second system approaches Thursday bringing clouds back into the area even as southeast winds tap milder air and push readings in the sections of the Chicago area away from Lake Michigan to near 40-degrees. However, the warming will be short-lived. Winds between a strong Canadian high pressure to the north and a developing storm to the south will increase Thursday and Friday. The gusty flow it is expected to tap the reservoir of arctic air covering much of Canada and the far northern tier of the U.S., tugging the frigid air southward into the nation’s Heartland over the weekend and into early next week.
Miami area hit with Monday downpours; totals top 8 inches in spots
As the clean-up continued Monday in the wake of gargantuan weekend snows from New Mexico to Virginia and the Carolinas, thunderstorms drenched south Florida Monday, hitting an area from Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood to Miami and Homestead especially hard. Flood warnings were hoisted after 8.13 inches drenched Cooper City, 7.61 inches Pembroke Pines and 7.38 inches at Ft. Lauderdale. The rains flooded area thoroughfares.
We were in Los Angeles in mid-January during their very rainy weather and there were some thunderstorms as well. The residents said thunderstorms never occurred there, which I question. Is it true that Los Angeles almost never has thunderstorms? Is there any place in the world where thunderstorms never occur?
By Chicago’s standards, thunderstorms in Los Angeles are relatively infrequent, but they do occur there and the claim of no thunderstorms is incorrect. Chicagoans can expect 38 days per year with thunderstorms; in Los Angeles, it’s just five days.
Thunderstorms occur in practically every place on Earth at one time or another, but they are rare in some locations such as the interior portions of the Sahara Desert and the central Arctic Ocean. Only one place never has thunderstorms: interior Antarctica.