LIVE: Snow blankets Chicago

 

A live view from outside WCHI News Studios in Chicago’s South Loop as another winter storm blankets the Chicagoland area.

UPDATE 5:35 P.M.: The National Weather Service in Chicago has extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Snow, sleet and rain continues to blanket the Chicagoland area Tuesday afternoon. A winter weather advisory, in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday, has predicted up to six inches for the Chicago area, closing schools, workplaces and caused commuting headaches for many Chicagoland residents.

The National Weather Service says, “Snowfall rates in excess of one inch per hour along with wind whipped snow resulting in very low visibility at times. Snow will slowly travel through at least the early evening commute.”

The heavy wet snow, or commonly referred to as “Heart Attack Snow,” started around 11:30 a.m. Weather Service and medical officals say, due to the weight of the snow, extra caution should be exercised to not overexert oneself when shoveling.

Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Department has deployed its entire fleet of 284 plows. Drivers will plow the main roads, such as Lake Shore Drive, through the evening rush hour. As the snow begins to taper off, the plows will clear residential roads.

The Chicago District of the Illinois State Police Chicago has also activated its emergency snow plan around 2 p.m., as travel conditions worsened on Chicago’s expressways. According to an emailed statement, when an accident occurs where there are no injuries and the cars are drivable, the drivers should exchange information at a safe place and file accident reports with the state police within 10 days.

The wet snow also affected air travel at Chicago’s two busy airports. According to the Department of Aviation, airlines at O’Hare International Airport are reporting delays between 30 and 60 minutes for in and outbound flights. Airlines have canceled more than 330 flights at this time. At Midway, airlines report delays of 45 minutes or more and have canceled nearly 170.

View of the Chicago's skyline around 4 p.m. (Tom Degutis, WCHI News)

View of Chicago’s skyline at 4 p.m.
(Tom Degutis, WCHI News)

 

View of Chicago's Skyline from 11:30 p.m. (Paris Lewbel, WCHI News)

View of Chicago’s Skyline from 11:30 p.m.
(Paris Lewbel, WCHI News)