Latest local snowfall totals

At 10:40PM, a high moisture content, heavy, wet snow continues to accumulate across the Chicago area.  Here are some of the latest totals:

2.3″   Joliet                  tree limbs hanging low

2.3″   Utica

2.2″   Crest Hill

2.1″   Portage, IN

2.0″   Dyer, IN

2.0″   Orland Hills

2.0″   Fernway

2.0″   Elmhurst             roads covered with snow

1.5″   Chicago (Wrigley Field)

1.1″   Barbers Corners

9PM Storm Update

The latest computer model guidance together with radar and satellite trends strongly suggest that a steady light to moderate snow will continue to fall across almost the entire Chicago area overnight.  Occasional bursts of heavy snow will occur from now (9PM) until 6AM.  The snow will taper to flurries between 6AM and 10AM. 

The one area of concern tonight is the southern suburbs east of I-55 as well as northwest Indiana.  The precipitation over this region thus far has been mainly snow, and if this trend continues, substantial accumulation is possible north of a line from Peotone to Valparaiso. 

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until Noon Monday for Lake (IL), McHenry, Boone, De Kalb, Kane, La Salle and Kendall Counties. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until Noon Monday for Cook, Du Page, Grundy, Will, Kankakee, Lake (IN), Porter (IN) and LaPorte(IN) Counties

Snowfall Reports at 9PM

7.5″  Macomb, IL

6.0″  Good Hope, IL

4.2″  Altoona, IL

3.0″  Peoria, IL

2.0″  Peotone, IL           roads covered with snow

2.0″  Valparaiso, IN        roads slushy, heavy snow at times

1.5″  Lombard, IL           roads slushy, heavy snow at times

1.1″  Portage, IN

1.1″  Romeoville, IL

1.0″  Oak Brook, IL      

Snowstorm cripples travel across portions of northern Missouri

Up to a foot of snow has fallen over northern Missouri from a Chicago bound snowstorm.   Snow drifts are up to 3 feet deep, and many local roads are impassable due to the deep snow.  

A 10 to 15 car pileup occurred around 8:30PM north of Kansas City on Interstate 35.   The accident has temporarily closed sections of I-35. 

Here are some of the latest reports from that area:

10.0″  Chillicothe, MO 

10.0″  Jamesport, MO       drifts over 3 feet, country roads impassable;

9.3″    Trenton, MO          drifts to 18″

9.0″    Spickard, MO         county roads roads impassable

8.0″    Milan, MO              country roads only passable by large trucks

WGN Weather Center 7 Day Forecast

Tonight's winter storm being monitored by multiple NOAA branches

The Satellite Services Division (SSD) of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is also keeping a close eye on tonight’s developing winter storm. 

NOAA satellites have noticed cloud tops are beginning to cool over portions of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois, an indication that the precipitation (snow) is starting to intensify.  Forecasters at the SSD note that this trend is expected to continue.

Moderate to heavy snow continues along the I-80 corridor

Moderate snow has been reported in the last hour (6PM-7PM) at Joliet, Aurora and Morris.  Radar is indicating pockets of heavy snow have developed over Will, Grundy, Kankakee and LaSalle Counties. 

In Ottawa, Illinois, 1.2″ of heavy, wet snow has fallen in just the last hour.   Ottawa is located 68 miles southwest of downtown Chicago in LaSalle County. 

Here are a few other snowfall reports across the state of Illinois:

6.5″  Nauvoo, IL  (1 and 1/2 foot drifts)

6.0″  Tennessee, IL

2.1″  Moline, IL

1.2″  Manteno, IL  (snow faling heavily at 7PM)

0.6″  Joliet, IL



Why didn't the Cubs play from May 6 to 11 in 1960?

Dear Tom,
My parents were married May 6, 1960, and while putting together a commemorative display wanted to include a Cubs score. It turns out they didn’t play at all from May 6 to 11. Was weather a factor?
– Tom Widlowski

Dear Tom,
Weather was indeed a factor as the Cubs fell victim to six straight postponements due to a combination of rain and cold weather. Heavy rain washed out the May 6 game, and the next five games were plagued by off and on light rain, chilly temperatures and gusty winds. Temperatures from May 8 to 10 hovered near 40 degrees at Wrigley Field with brisk north winds adding to the discomfort.
After the sixth rainout manager Lou Boudreau commented that “our pitchers were so rested now, I’m afraid they’ll start to rust.”
The six straight rainouts were not a record: in August 1903 the Philadelphia Phillies lost nine straight games to the weather.