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WEATHER – A mix of clouds and sun. WINDY! High 69F.

Forecast Summary

Meteorologist Ray Stagich
Thursday, November 17, 2016

First significant winter storm of the season passes well north of us with possible BLIZZARD conditions in the Dakotas and Minnesota.

A Cold front attached to that storm will come through late tomorrow and after mild temperatures into Friday, that cold front will drop temperatures into the weekend. Only in the lower 40s for HIGHS.


Today | A mix of clouds and sun. WINDY….High 69F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph.

Tonight | Some clouds.WINDY… Low 56F. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow | Windy with showers developing later in the day. Thunder possible. High 67F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Tomorrow night | Cloudy with gusty winds. Low 33F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Saturday | Windy with times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Sunday | Sunny. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the upper 20s.

Monday | Abundant sunshine. Highs in the low 40s and lows in the mid-30s.

Blizzard could leave more than a foot of snow in Chicago by Monday

(Chicago)  With an upcoming blizzard and up to 15 inches of snow expected, the National Weather Service is asking Chicago area residents not to travel during Super Bowl Sunday.

“Driving will become extraordinarily dangerous and we’re urging people to postpone any non-emergency travel,” said Ricky Castro, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville. “It’s just not worth it.”

The snow began falling Saturday night and as of 6 a.m., 3.5 inches had fallen at O’Hare, according to the weather service. In Romeoville, more than four inches of snow had fallen as of the same time.

The brunt of the storm and blizzard conditions will develop about 2 p.m. and continue into the evening, especially near Lake Michigan, where waves will reach as high as 16 feet, Castro said. A lakeshore flood advisory will also be in effect from 2 p.m. Sunday until 10 a.m. Monday.

Winds are expected to hit 35 to 40 mph, with stronger gusts along Lake Shore Drive, Castro said. Those winds will create near whiteout conditions for hours, which could mean less than a quarter mile of visibility.

When all is said and done, up to 15 inches of the white stuff called “snow” could greet Chicagoans to start the work week. Other parts of the Chicago region are expected to see between eight and 12 inches, according to the weather service.

The Illinois Department of Transportation deployed 1,700 plows across the state, and more than 350 city plows were deployed by Sunday morning, officials said.

Airlines at O’Hare International Airport had canceled more than 940 flights as of 7:30 a.m. Sunday and are operating on a reduced schedule, according to the city’s Department of Aviation. More than 190 flights have been canceled at Midway.

“Mother Nature has been kind to us so far, and our snow plow drivers and city crews have, and will continue to do a tremendous job throughout the winter to keep our streets paved, plowed and passable,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Saturday after a briefing on the city’s snow preparedness.

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East Coast storm helps cancel 190 flights in Chicago

(Chicago)  What could be historically bad weather for the East Coast on Monday helped cancel about 190 flights at O’Hare and Midway airports, though very little snow is forecast for Chicago.

As of 4 p.m., flights were not experiencing any delays, but airlines had canceled more than 160 flights at O’Hare, according to the city Department of Aviation. Some flights at Midway were experiencing delays of up to 25 minutes, and about 30 flights had been canceled.

While not all of the cancellations were weather-related, some were a direct result of weather on the East Coast, according to Aviation.

The blizzard, expected for several states on the East Coast, is expected to drop anywhere from 18-24 inches of snow between Monday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

A few flakes might fall on the Chicago area Monday, but it will be a mere dusting by comparison, the National Weather Service office in Romeoville said. Up to an inch of snow is possible, most likely north of I-80.

Still, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed its full fleet of 280 plows to make sure arterial streets are clear ahead of the afternoon rush, the department said in a statement.

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