December 12, 2010 by USA Post
A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of northern and central Illinois, northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin on Sunday night at midnight. Meanwhile, parts of the southern half of Wisconsin and most of western and west-central Illinois and Iowa are under a blizzard warning because of the combination of wind and lots of snow.
Traffic was not affected much this morning, according to traffic reports, but it is not likely to last until people start to move. Snow Illinois State Police District Chicago and the District 15 (toll roads) on the plans took 8 hours most roads have at least one lane open. District 2, Elgin, Joliet District 5 reported no major accidents and functioned normally.
According to the city Department of Aviation, O’Hare International Airport is facing delays of 60 minutes for flights in and out of Chicago. Midway experiences minor delays and cancellations.
About 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected for an area to the east along a line from Rockford to Joliet with possibly higher amounts near the Lake and 8 inches or more in some regions of North western Indiana.
WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling said it will be the biggest storm this winter – and history suggests as much. The system dumped about 17 inches of snow in Minneapolis, causing the collapse of the inflatable roof Metrodome night, and almost closes the State of Minnesota, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
The snowfall is expected to continue all day today here with winds get above 55 miles per hour on Sunday morning, causing drifts and poor visibility. Weather Center reports the Chicago teams will struggle to keep roads clear because of snow and strong winds.
The combination of high winds and cold temperatures will produce wind chill readings could rise to about 25 below in some areas Sunday night. Bring your warmest clothes if you plan to be out for the match this afternoon Patriots-Bears at 3:15 pm
In Chicago, where no less than 8 inches of snow expected to hit, city officials prepared Saturday night more than 100 truckloads of snow – preloaded with salt and prepare for a sudden drop in temperatures that promise to make a risky Sunday.
10 am Saturday, 174 trucks fight against snow were deployed to patrol the main streets and Lake Shore Drive. In 23 hours, the trucks were in place and leaving the salt if necessary, according to a statement from the Department of Streets and Sanitation.
Bears game Sunday at Soldier Field is particularly worrying, “said Chicago streets and sanitation commissioner Thomas Byrne, when thousands descend on the city to encourage their home team. The goal is to keep roads as clear as possible for the game and the rush hour Monday morning, he said.
“Even the pavement can be treated smooth in these types of weather,” said Byrne.
With the wind whipping snowflakes ice on his face, Cedrick Henderson shoveled the sidewalk in front of a convenience store as the gateway Pilsen he uncovered disappeared under the snow falling fast.
“He did not get that bad,” said Henderson, 50, an employee of Los Hermanos Quatro shop.
Nearby, Carlos De la Pena was well enough effort that seems endless to keep a clean, safe way. The Minister of young volunteers at St. Procopius Holy Trinity was shoveling the sidewalks in front of the church for the third time this morning.
“We have many seniors,” he said. “We must keep sidewalks clean.”
The parishioners had flocked to the church for four hours, celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said De la Pena, 32.
But that’s not all about snow removal on a day like today.
Scout Murray, 7, pouring her father was David Murray with snowballs while their dogs ran in the snow.
“I just throw the snow,” she said.
Snow is expected to fall further in the city through the early hours of Monday, said Byrne. Strong winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour on Sunday could put snowplows on the street already cleaned, and by the end of the storm, 4 to 7 inches of snow could cover the ground, has Byrne said.
“This will be a fairly treacherous day there after 9 (am),” said Byrne.
Bitterly cold temperatures should linger until Tuesday, getting a little better Wednesday and then heated to about 30 on Thursday, when the snow is light in the forecast.
The storm that hit the region began in the Rocky Mountains and Friday created blizzard conditions in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. In Wisconsin, a 150-mile stretch of Interstate 94, from Tomah northwest of Madison on the Hudson line of the State of Minnesota, was closed after it was impassable, as the website department.
Follow the storm ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.
Associated Press contributed to this report.
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