More than two inches of snow blanketed Chicago on Monday morning, canceling flights and slowing the morning commute for many, and even more of the white stuff is on the way.
As of 7 a.m. Monday, 2.2 inches of snow had fallen at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. About 1.6 inches had fallen at Midway, and 1.2 inches in southwest suburban Romeoville.
It’s the first time Chicago has recorded at least 1 inch of snow since Dec. 17, 2016, marking the city’s longest streak without snow ever recorded during the winter, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzo.
And the snow isn’t done. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for Cook, DuPage and Lake counties, and a lake effect snow warning is in effect between 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The light snow will continue Monday morning before tapering off to flurries in the afternoon, according to the weather service. A band of heavy lake effect snow is then expected to develop over northeastern Illinois Monday evening and continue into Tuesday morning. Between five and nine inches of new snow could accumulate.
As of 10:35 a.m. Monday, 424 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 113 flights had been canceled at Midway International Airport, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. Delays at both airports were averaging less than 15 minutes.
Temperatures were expected to reach a high of about 30 degrees on Monday, according to the weather service. The chance of snow was 100 percent, with wind gusts as high as 20 mph. A high near 27 was expected Tuesday, with an 80 percent chance of snow.
The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation deployed 287 plows overnight to tackle the snow. The plows focus on salting and plowing arterial routes to ensure roads are safe before moving to neighborhood streets, if necessary.
While Chicago witnesses its first snowfall in months, larger snowstorms were expected on the East Coast. A blizzard watch was issued for the Boston area, with 12 to 18 inches of snow expected to fall over eastern Massachusetts, as well as central and southern Rhode Island, according to the weather service.
While Chicago braced for its first snowfall in months, larger snowstorms were expected on the East Coast. A blizzard watch was issued for the Boston area, with 12 to 18 inches of snow expected to fall over eastern Massachusetts as well as central and southern Rhode Island, according to the weather service.