Winter Storm Warning continues…Blizzard Watch has been canceled

Snow continues to fall across almost the entire Chicago area this afternoon.  The Blizzard Watch will not be upgraded to a Blizzard Warning, but conditions are expected to deteriorate as we head into this evening as areas of heavy “lake enhanced” snow are starting to develop over some lakeshore communities.

Up to 8″ has already fallen north of Chicago in Lake County.

For the very latest, follow the link below to the WGN Severe Weather Blog.

Several expressways affected by plume of heavy snow

As of 4:50PM, radar and surface reports continue to indicate that a plume of heavy lake enhanced snow is resulting in snowfall rates of at least one inch per hour. 

The band stretches from southern Lake County (just south of Waukegan) southwestward into northwest Cook County and northern Kane County. 

Along the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway, visibility has been reduced at times to under 1/4 of a mile, an indication that heavy snow was occurring.   The Tri-State Tollway in southern Lake County, the  Edens Spur, and portions of the Northwest Tollway (I-90) are all being affected by this band of heavy snow.  

Moderate to heavy snow with a visibility of 1/4 of a mile or less has also occurred in the last hour along Route 53 at Dundee Road and in Wheeling along Milwaukee Ave. 

This band of heavy snow was slowly drifting south at 5mph. 

Snow continuing to pile up especially in Lake County, Illinois

The snow keeps on coming across the Chicago area this afternoon with the heaviest storm totals so far targeting areas north of the city in Lake County where lake-enhancement has added to the storm totals.

Mundelein 6.1 inches

Waukegan 7.0 inches

Antioch 8.0 inches

Wadsworth 7.0 inches


Some other area totals

Chesterton, Indiana 5.5 inches

Peotone 3.9 inches

Portage, Indiana 4.9 inches