Snow Blankets the Chicago Area

Warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday

The Chicago area started the month of February off with a weather bang.

A Winter Storm Warning was in effect from 9 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Saturday as the area saw anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snowfall by the end of the day Saturday.

Light snow began falling Friday afternoon in some areas. Steadier snow moved in overnight, with the brunt of the storm hitting areas south of Chicago. The morning hours also brought a threat for sleet/freezing rain across the southern suburbs.

Here are some snowfall totals as of 7 a.m. Saturday:

  • 6 inches at Monee
  • 4 inches at Aurora
  • 3.8 inches at Kankakee
  • 4 inches at Streator
  • 2.8 inches at DeKalb
  • 1.3 inches at O'Hare
  • 2.1 inches at Midway
  • 2.8 inches at Valparaiso
  • 2.5 inches at Merrillville

Scattered snow showers continued throughout the day Saturday and tapered off by the evening.

By Saturday afternoon, the Winter Storm Warning expired for several counties north of Chicago, but remained in effect for Kankakee, DuPage, Will, Cook, Grundy and Kendall counties in Illinois and Lake and LaPorte counties Indiana.

A Winter Weather Advisory was extended until midnight for Jasper and Newton counties in Indiana.

There will be a reprieve from the snow on Sunday and Monday as temps begin to fall ahead of another strong system expected Tuesday. That'll bring another several inches of snow.

Aviation officials said more than 480 flights were canceled Saturday at Chicago's two main airports.

O'Hare Airport reported more than 375 flight cancellations and Midway Airport said more than 105 flights had been canceled by the afternoon hours.

Several accidents were reported along city roadways Saturday morning.

Illinois State Police closed southbound Interstate 94 at 83rd Street after a semi-tanker rolled over.

Chicago Fire officials were also on standby at the scene while "non-hazardous material" was being loaded off the vehicle.

ISP also issued a weather advisory warning drivers of hazardous road conditions.

"The possibility of heavy snow fall, high winds, whiteout conditions, and deteriorating road conditions are likely," the advisory read. "Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra travel time in order to reach their destination safely."

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