Lake Effect Snow Descends as Wind Chills Could Drop Below Zero

Lake effect snow and a subzero wind chill swept through northeast Illinois’ Lake Michigan shoreline Saturday evening, with 3 to 7 inches of snow predicted in the Chicago area by Sunday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Lake County in Indiana until 4 p.m. Sunday. A Winter Weather Advisory was also issued for Porter County in Indiana until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Partly sunny skies and chilly temperatures welcome the start of the week, as lake effect snow works its way into NW Indiana. Temperature highs are expected to top the mid-teens, while overnight lows will likely remain in single digits.

Wind Chills are likely to be at or below zero through the Sunday evening hours.

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According to the National Weather Service, frostbite and hypothermia could be a danger for those not properly dressed after less than an hour of exposure, the weather service warned.

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A winter weather advisory was set for Cook County between 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, the weather service said. Drivers, if unable to stay home, were advised to slow down, use low beams and allow for extra travel time.

Wind gusts between 30 and 35 mph were expected into Sunday morning near Lake Michigan, resulting in snow drifting into open areas, the weather service said.

A lakeshore flood warning was in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday, with waves in Lake Michigan possibly reaching 10 feet, the weather service said. People were warned to stay away from piers, jetties and the bike path.

Chicago’s first winter storm of the year pushed through the area Friday night, causing more than 1,000 flight cancellations and totaling about 5 inches of snow at O’Hare and Midway airports.

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The snow was responsible for a United Airlines flight skidding off a runway at O’Hare, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

By Saturday evening, O’Hare Airport reported 1,044 flight cancellations and Midway reported 86 cancellations, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

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