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Helping Business Weather the Storm

Lake Effect Snow Hammers Parts of Illinois & Indiana

by Steve Miller, on Jan 21, 2014 3:24:26 PM

Chicago, southern Cook County and northwest Indiana were hit with an intense band of lake-effect snow overnight driven by gusts of more than 30 mph. As of 6 a.m., 5.9 inches was recorded at O'Hare International Airport and an observer reported 7.2 inches of snow at Midway Airport. Another observer reported 6.9 inches in downtown Chicago, according to the weather service.

Chicago's Department of Streets & Sanitation had 280 snow plows and salt spreaders out since Monday night working to clear roadways. In addition, the department used 60 quick hitch snow plows attached to garbage trucks and 26 four-wheel drive snow plows. You can track the equipment in real-time by clicking HERE.

Chicago Forecast:
Tonight’s low is 0 with wind chill values as low as -16. It will begin to get cloudy at night.
Tomorrow’s forecast is a 50 percent chance of snow with a high of 16 in the day with wind chill values as low as -13 and a low at night of 0 with wind chill values as low as -21. It will be mostly cloudy.
Thursday the sun comes back out again, but it will still be cold, with a high near 10 and a low around -4.

Topics:WiseSkyNowcast/Forecast

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