3+ inches of snow falls across Chicago area, more lake-effect snow to come

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Residents try to keep warm and dry on West Birchwood Avenue near North Ridge Boulevard in the Rogers Park neighborhood after Chicago more than 3 inches of snow, Monday morning, Jan. 28, 2019. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

A burst of heavy snowfall brought over 3 inches of snow into the Chicago area Sunday, with more lake-effect snow scheduled for the region Monday morning.

Bands of heavy snowfall moving across parts of northeast Illinois transitioned into lighter snow during the afternoon, the weather service said. By 12 a.m. Monday, O’Hare International Airport recorded 3.1 inches of accumulation.

As a result, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Chicago region and northwest Indiana. Drivers were advised to use caution on snow-covered roads with limited visibilities and allow extra time for travel.

More accumulation is headed Chicago’s way on Monday. “Moderate to briefly heavy” lake-enhanced snow will fall across Illinois and Indiana counties that line Lake Michigan, the weather service said. Up to 2 inches of snow is possible this morning, with a less than a quarter-mile of visibility in some areas.


Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 30 degrees during the day before dropping to a low of 8 degrees at night, the weather service said.

The snowfall prompted over 100 flight cancellations at Chicago’s two major airports Monday morning, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

By 6 a.m., 97 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare and another 22 flights had been grounded at Midway International Airport, the department of aviation said. Travelers at O’Hare were also facing average delays of 18 minutes, while delays at Midway were averaging less than 15 minutes.

Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 211 vehicles to respond to the snowfall, according to a statement from the agency. Salt spreaders are working to keep Lake Shore Drive and the city’s main roads safe and passable before possibly transitioning to residential streets.

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