Snow that began before dawn and continued into the morning Tuesday made for slick and slushy roads, and the winter weather isn’t going anywhere, the National Weather Service advised.
The highest snow totals in the region, as of about 8 a.m., were along a narrow line from Plainfield to La Grange, the National Weather Service said on Twitter.
Plainfield and Naperville had 3.5 inches of snow with 3.1 inches in Downers Grove and 2.7 inches in La Grange Park, the agency said, noting it aims to have an areawide snowfall map by later Tuesday morning.
O’Hare International Airport saw 0.9 inches by noon Tuesday, Rockford’s airport 1.3 inches, the National Weather Service office in Romeoville 1 inch and Chicago Midway International Airport 0.7 inches, the National Weather Service reported.
Above freezing surface temps have helped melt a lot of the morning’s initial accumulations and have kept roads wet, the agency reported, advising drivers Tuesday morning to check road conditions before driving, to slow down and increase following distance when driving, and to be especially careful on bridges and overpasses.
McHenry, Lake, DuPage, and northern and central Cook counties could see 2 to 5 inches – perhaps closer to 6 inches in some spots across interior portions of Lake, northwest Cook and McHenry counties – through 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to an advisory that remained in effect there.
Snow fall rates may exceed 1 inch per hour from late Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning due to lake effect snow showers, the National Weather Service said, advising drivers to plan on slippery road conditions during parts of the Tuesday morning and evening commutes.
Snow is forecasted for the region through Thursday with gusty snow showers possible for Wednesday and Thursday before temperatures drop on Friday.
Source: The Daily Chronicle