Winter storm warning stays in impact in elements of the Chicago space on Tuesday if the snow continues – NBC Chicago

A winter storm warning remained in effect in parts of the Chicago area early Tuesday as a large blizzard continued to cover the area, leaving more than a foot of snow in some areas, and creating dangerous conditions.

According to the National Weather Service, Cook County and Lake Counties in Illinois will remain under a winter storm warning until 12:00 noon Tuesday. A winter storm warning for several other counties in Illinois and northwest Indiana, as well as partial winter weather warnings, expired at 9 a.m.

When a snow storm hit the Chicago area on Monday, city officials deployed more than 300 plows and salt shakers to keep the streets clean and help people stay safe. Kate Chappell from NBC 5 reports.

The NWS urged Illinois residents to exercise extreme caution when traveling, predicting that the winter storm in the area would “peak in intensity” in the late evening hours.

The storm, which has already shed more than a meter of snow in some parts of the area, will hang around the area until Tuesday morning.

Lake and Cook counties are expected to bear the brunt of the storm, with lake-effect snow contributing to higher local snowfall levels. According to the NWS, a few inches of snow are possible before the storm leaves the area. The highest totals are expected within five to ten miles of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Midway Airport saw 17.7 inches of snow Monday through Tuesday, while O’Hare Airport saw 7.5 inches, according to NWS. As of Tuesday morning, the northern suburb of Evanston saw the area’s highest total amount of snow, as reported to the NWS, at 18 inches.

More snow combined with stormy winds means that visibility on the roads remains poor during the morning commute on Tuesday.

Additional several inches of snowfall is expected, with the highest accumulations occurring along and east of Interstate 57.

Brant Miller

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