The National Weather Service has updated the Winter Storm Watch has a Winter storm warning for Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago counties which took effect Saturday morning and continues early Sunday morning.
Most areas will see snow accumulations in the range of 3 to 5 inches, although areas near Lake Michigan could see more due to lake enhancement and lake-effect snow showers, according to ABC7 meteorologist Phil Schwarz. The city will likely see more than five inches.
In response to the storm, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation said it was deploying 211 salt spreaders. Salt spreaders will focus on battling ice and snow along city arteries and Lake Shore Drive, the department said in a statement.
“I was like, let me run and as soon as I looked out the window, I said maybe not,” Chicagoan Rob Robinson said.
Just hours into 2022, snow and ice have blanketed the city as drivers try to get to their destination without a care.
“It’s very windy, but as long as you’re ready and wearing layers, it’s not that bad,” said fellow Chicagoan Kendall Junger.
Winds will blow up to 35 mph on Saturday evening as a few more inches build up creating blowing snow and poor visibility. Snow accumulations will reach three to six inches, contributing to hazardous travel conditions.
“Hopefully it doesn’t get worse in the meantime,” added Ben Clay, who was on his way to Wheaton. “Take it a little slow. Leave some distance between the guy in front of you.”
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The snow will end between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday, but a band of lake effect snow will affect the city and parts of Lake County (IL), Cook County and even eastern DuPage County. A few extra centimeters will be possible in these areas.
“I miss that. I love having all four seasons, so it’s nice to kind of feel like the holidays have finally started even though they’re ending,” Junger said.
Winds will remain gusty as temperatures drop overnight Saturday into Sunday, so expect roads to remain poor until Sunday morning, meteorologist Greg Dutra said.
Between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, the band of lake-effect snow will move into northwest Indiana before moving into southwest Michigan in the afternoon.
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the The Chicago area saw its first measurable snow of the season Tuesday after one of the longest snow droughts in the city’s history.
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