When snow moves out, deep cold moves in

A cyclist braves the weather at Washington and Wells Streets in Chicago as a light snow falls. (Terrence Antonio James/ Chicago Tribune) >> Latest radar images

The worst snow this season hit the area about 10:30 p.m., and accumulations of between 3 and 5 inches have been reported across the region, weather officials said.
About 4.7 inches of snow accumulated near Midway Airport as of 8:40 p.m., said Jamie Enderlen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

About 5 inches was reported in Waukegan as of 9 p.m. and about 4.9 inches in Naperville as of 10:15 p.m., she said.
The most recent readings at O’Hare and Midway airports were 6 p.m. – Midway reported 3.4 inches of snow and O’Hare reported 2.3 inches.
Most of this storm will move out of the city by about 10 a.m. on Friday leaving frigid temperatures and wind in its wake, with a possibility of lake-effect snow in Northwest Indiana.
Commuters can look forward to single-digit or sub-zero wind-chills by about 6 a.m. Friday with actual temperatures peaking in the high teens, possibly 20, Enderlen said.
Single-digit wind-chills should be expected throughout the day, she said, though the city is expected to be a little warmer than outlying areas.
Because the precipitation was fluffy, Enderlen said to expect blowing snow.
“Even surfaces plowed will quickly be covered again,” she said.

Snow leads to dozens of crashes

January 12, 2012 10:31 PM

Police responded to dozens of crashes Thursday as drivers struggled with the area’s first significant snowfall of the winter.