4 more inches of snow possible as Chicago opens overnight warming centers

Between 2 and 4 inches could fall by the end of the snowfall Saturday evening.

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A person walks alone on Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park as snow falls across Chicago, Thursday morning, Feb. 11, 2021.

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Another inch of snow fell on the Chicago area Friday as the city opened its overnight warming centers to protect from dangerously cold temperatures this weekend.

Snow began falling Friday evening near Interstate 80 before expanding area-wide overnight into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

By Saturday morning, 1.5 inches of snow had fallen near Midway Airport and about 0.9 inches of snow was reported near O’Hare.

Between 2 and 4 inches could fall by the end of the snowfall Saturday evening. The highest totals were expected in northwest Indiana.

Meanwhile, Chicago opened its overnight warming centers as temperatures were expected to reach near zero degrees overnight Saturday and Sunday. The wind chill could go as low as minus 25 degrees Saturday night.

Two overnight warming centers will remain open until 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. They are:

  • Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Chicago Cultural Center, at 78 E. Washington, is open as a warming center through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Guests must enter from the Randolph side of the building.

Several Chicago Public Library locations will be open, listed here.

Thirteen Chicago Park District locations will be open Saturday, but not Sunday. 

Chicago Police Department District police stations are open 24/7 as warming centers.

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