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2 to 6 inches of snow possible in Chicago area Saturday | Winter Weather Advisory in effect for city, some suburbs

ByStephanie Wade and the ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Saturday, January 28, 2023
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Chicago and surrounding counties from Saturday morning until Sunday morning, with some areas also under a Winter Storm Warning.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Lake, Boone, Winnebago and McHenry counties until 3 a.m. Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning has also been issued for Wisconsin's Milwaukee, Rock, Walworth, Racine, Kenosha and Ozaukee counties until 6 a.m. Sunday.

The Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect for Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Ogle, Lee and Winnebago counties from 9 a.m. Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday.

While isolated snow showers and quick bursts of snow persisted through Friday afternoon and evening, complicated by gusting winds blowing snow around, a more sustained snowstorm moved into the area Saturday morning.

Most parts of the area saw snow develop in the midday to afternoon hours, but the heaviest snowfalls will arrive Saturday evening, said ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Greg Dutra.

The heaviest snow is expected around 1a.m. Sunday with it beginning to diminish around 3 a.m., ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Phil Schwarz added.

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The city is expected to see a total of 2 to 4 inches of snow. Snow totals will range from 0 to 2 inches south of the city to 3 to 6 inches north, Dutra said.

ABC7 Chicago Meteorologist Larry Mowry said there is also some lake effect that could impact the city Saturday night into Sunday morning, which could push snow totals for the city a little higher overnight.

The northwest suburbs were hit hard Saturday night with the snowfall just relentless on the roads.

Several spinouts, crashes, and piles of snow make driving conditions difficult.

All day Saturday, the Department of Public Works in Algonquin hit the roads, then hit them again.

"You can take a loop, you plow and you come back and it's already covered again," said Mike Reif, fleet manager for Algonquin Dept. of Public Works.

The snowfall was steadfast in the northern and western suburbs throughout the day, and is expected to continue overnight.

"We started about noon. We'll probably be here until tomorrow morning I would imagine," Reif, said.

In Fox Lake, the heavy snowfall - which was rapid at times -- dropped several inches starting at 10 a.m. and falling throughout the afternoon Saturday.

It was a similar scene in Lincolnshire, with near white out conditions.

In Gurnee, video captured a two-car crash; and in Wadsworth on I-94, a car lost control and hit a light pole, knocking it down.

"The number of crashes go up and it's just one of those things where when it gets bad enough, we're running from call to call to call and it's a really busy day," said Illinois State Police Trooper Josh Korando.

"Were you surprised to see all the snow," said cousins Gio Calax and Ian Valdez. "We looked outside and we were like oh my gosh!"

Calax and Valdez offered a helping hand to shovel the mounds of snow off their family's driveway.

"We were playing video games too and we were like we're bored, so let's go and do this. We're like, we'll shovel and then we'll play in the snow," they said.

The Illinois Tollway said it has mobilized its full fleet of 196 snowplows. They will be out continuously treating the roads and clearing the snow and ice.

Chicagoans are among 20 million Americans across 14 states, from California to Michigan, who are under Winter Weather Alerts, ABC News reported.

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Big snow fell in southern Wyoming on Friday, with a 24-hour total of 38 inches for for Sugar Loaf Campground. The heaviest snow may fall in or just north of the Chicago are with 6 to 12 inches possible for Milwaukee, according to ABC News.

Cold air will continue for the North and Midwest into the beginning of the week. In fact, many in the North, especially the Great Lakes region, will feel below zero wind chills each morning next week.

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