Issued by The National Weather ServiceChicago, IL 7:53 pm CST, Mon., Jan. 12, 2009
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT... ... BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST TUESDAY... ... BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT...
A BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 12 PM CST TUESDAY. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CST TONIGHT. A BLIZZARD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
SNOW IS MOVING ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS EARLY THIS EVENING AND WILL SPREAD OVER NORTHERN INDIANA DURING THE LATE EVENING HOURS. STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. NORTHWEST WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN OVERNIGHT TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 35 MPH. THE COMBINATION OF FRESH SNOW COVER... CONTINUED LIGHT SNOW OVERNIGHT... AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD CONDITIONS AND DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS... WITH WIDESPREAD VISIBILITIES OF ONE QUARTER OF A MILE OR LESS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND MAY BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE LATE TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. WINDS WILL BEGIN TO DIMINISH IN SPEED TOWARD MIDDAY TUESDAY.
IN ADDITION... ARCTIC AIR MOVING INTO NORTHERN ILLINOIS BEHIND THIS SYSTEM WILL ALSO PRODUCE BITTER WIND CHILLS OF 15 BELOW TO 20 BELOW TUESDAY MORNING.
ANOTHER CLIPPER SYSTEM WILL TRACK ACROSS NORTHERN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA ON WEDNESDAY... BRINGING ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW. THIS SYSTEM... POTENTIALLY... LOOKS EVEN STRONGER THAN THE SYSTEM TRACKING ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE AGAIN... WITH ACCUMULATING SNOW BEGINNING EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AND BLIZZARD FORCE WINDS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING INTO THE NIGHT.
A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS... MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED... STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES. THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY DANGEROUS.
You gotta love Chicago in the winter. It snowed Thursday night into Friday morning. It stopped Friday morning, but then started up again Friday evening into Saturday. Saturday morning dad had to snow blow his driveway on slow speed because there was so much snow and by the time he was done, he had to do it again because there was another 1/4 inch! Before the hour was up, he had to go do it again! It continued snowing off and on all day Saturday and it started again early this evening. I had several errands to do and then I came home to bunker down for the night. Nights like this, I am thankful that I live in a townhouse and don't have to shovel my own driveway!