Tuesday, February 26, 2013
All temporary lane closures have been canceled from 9 a.m. today through 7 a.m. Thursday.
The Illinois Tollway is preparing to mobilize its full fleet of 182 snowplows in response to sleet and snow that has already started and is expected to continue overnight into Wednesday around the Chicagoland area, according to a press release. “Our Snow Operations team is monitoring this storm closely and is prepared to manage snowfall throughout the day,” Kristi Lafleur, executive director, Illinois Tollway, said in a statement. “We ask our customers to be patient, drive safely and give our snowplows the room they need to clear the roads, especially during this evening’s rush hour.” Northern Illinois is expected to get 3 to 6 inches of snow from noon until 9 p.m. Some areas could see totals greater than 6 inches should thundersnow …
Between 3 and 6 inches of snow is expected, with possibly higher amounts in some areas.
Get ready for a messy commute. A winter weather advisory will be in effect today from noon until 9 p.m., with 3 to 6 inches of snow expected to fall. Some areas could see totals greater than 6 inches should thundersnow occur. Thundersnow, which indicates that there is greater instability in the atmosphere, typically results in heavier snowfall, according to National Geographic, The following counties are included in the advisory: Boone, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Will and Winnebago. The National Weather Service in Chicago says that "there remains a high degree of uncertainty with respect to snow accumulation," with the precipitation starting as rain or wet snow, possibly mixed with sleet, during the …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The watch applies to much of northern Illinois.
Tuesday is shaping up to be a messy day in northern Illinois. A winter storm watch is in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening in Boone, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee and McHenry Counties. The National Weather Service in Chicago says the entire area could see more than 6 inches of snow. The snowfall could be heavy at times, according to the National Weather Service. "Heavy snow and strong east-northeast winds gusting to 40 miles per hour, especially on the lakefront, will reduce visibility and make travel hazardous," National Weather Service officials said their winter weather message Sunday night. The storm has been named Winter Storm Rocky by The Weather Channel, which started naming storms this …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Snow & Ice Management Association offers tips to avoid a fall during slick conditions.
The Des Plaines area is expected to get another blast of wintry weather today. Accuweather.com reports the city will get three to six inches of snow Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. While most people prepare for driving safely in the snow, rarely to people think about keeping safe while walking in icy conditions. "Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed," said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Executive Director of the Snow & Ice Management Association. "Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person." SIMA, the national nonprofit organization …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
How much snow is expected?
Get ready for more snow! A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday for all of northern Illinois, including the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. The National Weather Service in Chicago says the snow should develop by Thursday evening and continue into Friday, with snowfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches expected. "A period of heavy snow with snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour is possible late Thursday evening into the overnight hours," according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Check out these Labradors who love sledding on their backs down the hill. How does your dog like the snow?
River and Trout, two active Labrador Retrievers, display their talents at body surfing in the snow in this week's YouTube video, as originally posted by Sugarbush Dog Groomers. With our recent snowfall in the Chicagoland area, how do your pets react? Do they love playing outside? Post your own videos here by clicking the Upload Photos and Videos button.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Use your imagination and these tips to make the perfect snowman.
There’s finally enough snow to build the perfect snowman, but where do you start? Just like in real estate, location is key. You don’t want to build your snowman in the sun, so find a spot with a bit of shelter and make sure there’s lots of snow beneath him or her, according to yahoo.com. Do you roll or pack the snow? It’s a matter of preference really, according to Yahoo.com. The site says you can roll the snow into a two-foot ball but it can be damp and cold. A key to this technique is to flatten the top of each ball before placing the next one on it, according to Pluggedin, on games.yahoo.com. If you just want to put the snow in a pile then shape it, use a good shovel, the site advises. Be creative with your snowman’s features, …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
How much snow fell in your neighborhood?
Update, 1:25 p.m. Feb. 7: The National Weather Service released its final list of snowfall totals today. As of 10:30 a.m., the highest total was in Beach Park, which saw 9.6 inches. Many other communities, like Bourbonnais and Bridgeview, saw just a trace of snow. Here's a look at a sampling of other snowfall totals: -------------- Update, 10:19 p.m.: The highest storm total seen in northern Illinois as of 10 p.m. Thursday was Zion, which saw 9.5 inches of snow. ------------ Update, 9:42 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Chicago has just updated its storm totals. Here are some of the latest numbers: --------------- Original story, 8:19 p.m.: Winter Storm Nemo, as it was named by The Weather Channel, has left some impressive snow totals…
Monday, February 4, 2013
How much snow fell in your neighborhood?
Curious about how much snow fell over northern Illinois last night? The National Weather Service in Chicago released its list of snowfall totals from Sunday night through Monday morning. A the high end of the reported observations—largely from emergency management personnel, trained spotters and local residents—was Rockford with 4 inches of snow. Conversely, Rochelle in Ogle County saw just a half-inch. Here's a look at a sampling of snowfall totals from around the region: How much snow fell in your neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Will northern Illinois reach 40 degrees by Sunday?
Snow, rain, highs around 40 degrees. Not surprisingly, that's all in this week's forecast. The forecasted snow Monday (with totals of 3 to 7 inches possible by storm's end) will give way to possibly even more snow on Tuesday, with the National Weather Service in Chicago predicting another 1 or 2 inches. But, as the old adage says, "If you don't like the weather in Chicago, wait a minute. It'll change." According to the National Weather Service forecast, temperatures should warm to 33 degrees with sunny skies on Wednesday. There's a slight chance of rain after midnight, and then a chance of rain and snow—with a high near 36—on Thursday. Mostly sunny skies on Friday and Saturday—with highs of 32 and 36, respectively—are expected. We'll round…