More Than a Foot of Snow Falls in Part of NW Indiana Amid Winter Storm | NBC Chicago

More Than a Foot of Snow Falls in Part of NW Indiana Amid Winter Storm

A short drive could be the difference between 2 or 9 inches of fresh snowfall from a massive winter storm system passing through the Chicago area Wednesday. NBC 5's Christian Farr reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016)

A short drive could be the difference between 2 or 9 inches of fresh snowfall from a massive winter storm system passing through the Chicago area Wednesday.

By 7 a.m., more than 130 schools were closed ahead of the expected near-blizzard conditions, with 680 flights canceled at Chicago's O'Hare and another 55 at Midway as snow began to fall across the area.

"The highest amounts are expected south of I-80 in Cook County and in eastern Will County," the National Weather Service said in a statement. Wednesday morning snow began as a mix of rain or sleet before it's expected to develop into heavy wet snow in the afternoon and evening hours.

Here's a look at how much snow has already fallen in some areas:

  • Kankakee: 1" by 9:15 a.m.
  • Bradley: 1" by 10 a.m.
  • Midlothian: 1" by 11:15 a.m.
  • Grant Park: 4" by 12 p.m.
  • Valparaiso, IN: 3" by 12 p.m.
  • Crown Point, IN: 7" by 1 p.m.
  • Gary, IN: 5" by 1:15 p.m.
  • Crete: 6.3" by 1:10 p.m.
  • Midway: 1.5" by 2:10 p.m.
  • Wheeler, IN: 6" by 2:20 p.m.
  • Peotone: 5.3" by 3 p.m.
  • St. John, IN: 10" by 3 p.m.
  • Merrillville, IN: 8" by 3 p.m.
  • Chicago Heights: 7" by 3 p.m.
  • Crete: 7.8" by 3 p.m.
  • Lansing: 6" by 3:40 p.m.
  • Schererville, IN: 8" by 4 p.m.
  • Beecher: 7" by 4 p.m.
  • Portage, IN: 8" by 3:45 p.m.
  • Hobart, IN: 8.5" by 4:30 p.m.
  • O'Hare Airport: 1.2" by 4 p.m.
  • Earl Park, IN: 11" by 4 p.m.
  • Homewood: 4.5" by 4:15 p.m.
  • Cedar Lake, IN: 13" by 5 p.m.
  • Park Forest: 4.5" by 5:15 p.m.
  • Dyer, IN: 8.8" by 5 p.m.

Projected snow totals by 12 a.m. Friday:

  • Aurora: 1.9"
  • Benton Harbor: 8.0"
  • DeKalb: 0.9"
  • DuPage: 2.0"
  • Gary, IN: 5.5"
  • Kankakee: 6.5"
  • Midway: 3.9"
  • Morris: 3.0"
  • O'Hare: 2.7"
  • Peru: 0.6"
  • Rockford: 0.2"
  • Romeoville: 3.7"
  • South Bend, IN: 8.4"
  • Valparaiso, IN: 7.1"
  • Waukegan: 1.8"
  • Wonder Lake: 0.9"

 

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