About 3 inches of snow blanket Chicago area
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporteremail@example.com February 2, 2013 2:36PM
It’s a sight that we haven’t seen in Chicago since, well, last winter -- snow falling, city plows on the streets, homeowners shoveling, motorists brushing snow from their windshields, and more than two inches of the white stuff on the ground within a 24-hour period.
The National Weather Service says that since Friday night 2.3 inches of snow have fallen at O’Hare International Airport. Not much more is expected though; according to the weather service forecast, less than an additional inch of snow was expected to fall through Saturday.
The snowfall prompted Chicago’s Snow Command, part of the Department of Streets and Sanitation, to deploy 199 snow plows on the streets late Friday night.
After working through the night to clear and salt the main streets and Lake Shore Drive, those plows remained on duty Saturday, the fleet moved on to the side streets, where, according to a release from Streets and San, they have made “significant progress.”
The fleet of plows has also made significant progress on the residential streets, and will continue snow removal efforts until all streets are clear.
Snow Command will continue to monitor all roadways and will deploy resources as conditions warrant, the release said.
In addition to the nearly 2.5 inches of snow recorded so far at O’Hare, the weather service reported area snowfall amounts ranging from 3.2 inches in Woodstock and 3.5 inches in Hobart, Ind., to 1.5 inches at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe. Other area snowfall amounts, recorded over between 7 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, included; 2.7 inches in Elgin, 2.6 inches in Oak Park, 2.5 inches in Huntley, 2.3 inches in Lincolnwood, and 1.7 inches at Midway Airport.
Once the day’s snow subsides, there is a 40 percent chance of snow after midnight, the weather service says. Sunday will be blustery, with highs around 20 degrees and winds 10 to 20 mph in the early morning increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the late morning and afternoon, with gusts up to 30 mph. Some snow accumulation is possible Sunday night, the weather service says, with the chance of precipitation about 90 percent.
Motorists are urged to slow down and drive carefully. Residents are encouraged to keep their sidewalks clear of ice and snow. Chicagoans can track the progress of snowplows on the city’s website, and if they want to be a good neighbor, they can also find sidewalks that need shoveling through the city’s website.