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 

Bands of heavy lake-enhanced snow could make for a messy rush hour

Bands of moderate to heavy snow continue to move thorugh the Chicago area. At 4 pm radar indicated the heaviest bands across Lake County, Illinois, southeast McHenry County and  much of Cook County. Conditions are variable with near zero visibility in the heaviest bands ranging to about 1 miles when the snow lightens.  So far storm snow totals have been in the 6-8 inch range across the north portion of the metro area ranging to about 4-6 inches in central and southern sections,

With snow continuing through much of tonight several more inches of accumulation can be expected.

At 4pm visibilities of 1/2 mile or less were reported at Aurora, Waukegan, Wheeling, Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee.  

Up to 8 inches of snow at Fort Hill near Round Lake

A late report of 8 inches of snow has come in from Lake County, Illinois near Round Lake. radar continues to show bands of heavy snow across portions of Lake and northern Cook counties . Overall there has been a trend for the snow to increase through the afternoon hours as lake-enhancement adds extra moisture to the storm system.

Several more inches of snow are expected to accumulate across the area as evening approaches.