CHICAGO (CBS) — Suburban Chicago is getting hit hard by one of the biggest November snowstorms on record. Thick, wet snow fell heavily overnight, with accumulations in some locations nearing a foot.
Megan Glaros reports that the snow should end by 9 or 10 a.m.. However, snow will linger until midday in Northwest Indiana, although that area is seeing lower accumulations than towns to the north and west of Chicago.
ComEd spokesman Tom Dominguez said a total of 304,000 homes and businesses lost power since the winter storm started around 7 p.m. Sunday. As of 6:35 a.m., approximately 169,000 were still without power.
Video: Winter storm causing travel nightmare across the country
The hardest hit areas were west of O’Hare Airport — such as Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, and Palatine — and further west along Interstate 39.
As of 6 a.m., 7.4 inches was recorded at OHare, making this storm the fifth biggest in November. Snow was still falling, so that total could rise. O’Hare is the official site for record-keeping.
The bigger issue downtown: huge Lake Michigan waves crashing the shore line. There is a Lake Shore Flood Warning in effect.
Annie Altaf, of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, was seated in the United terminal, feeding her 16-month-old daughter Aaliya as she awaited her flight. She had been attending her brothers wedding in Lisle over the weekend. Their flight time had been changed three times.
The Evanston Police Department has lost power in the storm, but its 911 and non-emergency lines are still working.
Evanston PD is currently without power. All 911 and not emergency lines are working fine. Call us if you need us.
As expected, the Blizzard Warnings have expired. A Winter Storm Warning is still in effect for much of the Chicago area until 9 a.m. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect in Northwest Indiana.
McHenry County was one of the heaviest hit areas, with some towns there seeing 8 to 10 inches of snow overnight.
Sgt. Andrew Thomas, with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, said the snow was easing as of 5 a.m.
The biggest issue now was dealing with blowing and drifting snow. He said there were no major accidents, just some spin-outs overnight. He urged people to avoid the roads this morning while crews work to clear the snow.
The Lake Forest Oasis, usually a good spot to ride out the storm or get a cup coffee and a bite to eat, is closed right now.
People are starting to dig out Monday after heavy snow wreaked havoc throughout the suburbs, causing school closures, dangerous road conditions and hundreds of flight cancellations on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The Lake Forest Oasis is dark-along with tollway streetlights. Heavy winds and heavy wet snow have taken their toll on power lines in some areas. We also went through a dark area on the Kennedy near Harlem. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/8Zb88fZiwM
Kevin Donofrio of the National Weather Service said early Monday areas north and west of the city received the heaviest snowfall totals overnight. Rockford picked up 11.7 inches of snow, while Woodstock picked up 11.5-inches.
Ed Curran reports the entire area is in the dark, part of widespread power outages affecting about 140,000 customers.
CBS 2’s Ed Curran was driving in the Mobile Weather Lab when he came upon a jack-knifed semi on Interstate 294 near Half Day Road.
Over in the western suburbs, Mike Puccinelli reports from Elmhurst that winds are dying down a bit, but it is still snowing. Several plows were seen clearing the areas near Spring Road and Eggleston Avenue.
Shortly after leaving downtown, where it was mostly raining, CBS 2’s Ed Curran found steadily falling snow on the North Side. As Mobile Weather Lab approached Deerfield on Interstate 294, the tollway was covered with snow and driving was slippery.
In Hoffman Estates, Vi Nguyen reports the bigger issue is high winds. Although snow continues to fall there.
ComEd is reporting that 147,000 customers are currently without power due to the winter storm. A total of 265,000 had lost power since 7 p.m., Sunday but about 120,000 of those have been restored.
Location Speed Time/Date Provider Chicago Crib 55 MPH 0210 AM 11/26 MARITIME 2 N Shorewood 54 MPH 0514 PM 11/25 CWOP Waukegan Harbor 53 MPH 0140 AM 11/26 NWS-GLOS Chicago OHare 52 MPH 0228 AM 11/26 ASOS 1 N Papineau 52 MPH 0515 PM 11/25 MESOWEST Wheeling – Chi Exec Airport 51 MPH 0124 AM 11/26 ASOS Calumet Harbor 49 MPH 0154 AM 11/26 NWLON Lakeview 49 MPH 0242 AM 11/26 CWOP West Chicago – DuPage Arpt 49 MPH 0137 AM 11/26 ASOS 1 NNW Munster 49 MPH 1019 PM 11/25 CWOP
The blizzard warning for Chicago, Cook County, Will County and DuPage County has been lifted, CBS 2’s Robb Ellis reports. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for those locations.
Visibility in some locations overnight was near zero. Expressway signs on the Eisenhower Expressway were unreadable in spots because they were covered in thick snow.
“I was glad that United managed the flight change without any hassle,” her mom, Elaine, said. “So, 10 points for United today.”
Chicago’s airports have already canceled more than 300 flights on Monday due to a powerful winter storm that hit the area on Sunday.
Passengers at the United terminal Sunday afternoon were hastily readjusting their schedules, as their flights were shuffled.
ComEd crews were removing power line from the roadway and the Chicago Fire Department expects the road to open shortly.
Huge waves along Lake Michigan is causing flooding along the bike path near Navy Pier. There are several feet of water on the path.
All lanes of the Bishop Ford are shut down near 119th Street due to a fallen live power cable on the road, the Chicago Fire Department reports.
Update. Meade electric requested. This blockage will go on for some time. No service crews on scene yet
Large umbrellas help protect from snow and sleet in Batavia on Sunday. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Illinois State police are reporting people are stranded in their cars west of LaSalle County, on U.S. 6, between Interstate 180 and the town of Princeton.
US Rt. 6 is closed from I-180 to Princeton due to high snow drifts and stuck vehicles. USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE. pic.twitter.com/H6yFPfS8vc
@ISPDistrict17 is reporting people stranded in cars on US Route 6 between I-180 & Princeton – snowmobile rescues & 3-4ft High snow drifts; stay off the roads! #ilwx
The storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow in Rockford on Sunday smashed the one-day record for the month.
The total of 11.7 inches in Rockford was more than three times the previous November 25th record of 3.3 inches set in 1977. It also exceeds the monthly record of 9.5 inches set in 1951.
To become one of the top five November storms, O’Hare needs to see more than six inches of snow.
The snow is especially heavy in McHenry County, the town of McHenry reported nearly eight inches of snow as of 10 p.m. Sunday. Bull Valley reported nearly a foot. McHenry County Sheriff’s Police urged people to avoid the roads.
With the snow ❄️ still coming down and the wind blowing the snow across the roadways we encourage you to not travel unless you absolutely have to. Visibility is limited and the roads are hazardous to travel. pic.twitter.com/d6Emglan45
The snow will continue to intensify across the Chicago area. Here is what to expect over the next four hours.
Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind Gusts 35 to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2+ per hour
Not snow covered at all downtown Chicago. Dramatically different from western suburbs. pic.twitter.com/mcYvEMzbvl
Lake County officials say sheriff’s deputies have responded to about 40 crashes so far in Lake County. Several cars spun into ditches. Snowfall in some areas was approaching 10 inches.
Oregon in Ogle County, 11.2 inches Pecatonica, Winnebago County 8.5 inches Bull Valley, McHenry County, 11.8 inches Rockford, Winnebago County 11.8 inches
Mary Kay Kleist is looking at snow totals, and reports that 10.6 inches has already fallen in Woodstock. More snow totals:
Snow is stacking up… Blizzard conditions through the night as snow intensifies. Winds to 30mph & visibility to zero. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/9dKRYfv5IO
If the forecast holds up, this latest snow/blizzard could become one of the heaviest November storms in Chicago history.
Right now, the forecast calls for 6 to 8 inches of snow near O’Hare, where current official records are kept.
November 25-26, 1895: 12.0 inches November 20-21 2015, 11.2 inches November 6-7 1951, 9.3 inches November 25-26 1975, 8.9 inches November 26-27 1940, 6.4 inches November 25-26, 2018 ????
ComEd is reporting more than 6,400 customers in Cook County and 2,400 in DuPage County have been affected by outages so far with the most severe weather yet to come for these areas.
Travel turned tricky and dangerous this afternoon in Rockford. Drivers caught in the storm on Interstate 39 got stuck in ditches. A semi jack knifed on Interstate 90 near Cherry Valley. There were several inches of snow on the ground before sunset.
Cant quite tell where the lanes are on W. Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn. Theres still traffic on the road. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/IqQ987rJ8x
Parish Ashford can handle the snow tonight. It’s tomorrow that’s the real concern, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Ashford has to go to work at 4 a.m. “If the roads aren’t clear, it’s going to be rough.”
For snow plow driver Greg Meehan the snow, “it’s money, so it keeps me busy. The fun part is trying to keep up when we get heavy snow like this.”
The heavy rain that had been falling for several hours in the Loop started to turn into snow. Snow is not sticking on the roads.
Heavy snow in north suburban Lake Forest is proving to be a challenge for drivers, as of Sunday night.
Drivers in #Lakeforrest say the blowing snow on expressway is making visibility difficult. @cbschicago @ilwx pic.twitter.com/umjJudq02m
CBS 2’s Robb Ellis says conditions will deteriorate very quickly overnight around the city. Travel will be very difficult all across Chicagoland overnight. Snow will continue through 9 a.m. in Illinois and until noon in Northwest Indiana, where there is only a winter weather advisory.
Most of city changes to snow North wind gusts 40 mph to 50 mph Temps dropping, visibility near zero. Travel becomes difficult. Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour
Midnight to 4 a.m. Heavy snow continues Visibility near zero Wind gusts 35 mph to 45 mph Blowing snow Snow rates 2 inches+ per hour
Heavy snow continues, but snow rates let up Blowing snow Wind gusts 30 mph to 40 mph Lake waves 10 to 15 feet
Snow wraps up from west to east Temperatures in 20s to near 30 Winds remain 20 to 35 mph Visibility improves
Metra advised riders to allow extra travel time Monday and to be cautious on platforms and near tracks. At this hour, the system plans to operate on a normal weekday schedule.
At this time, Metra plans to operate a weekday schedule on all lines. Any changes to those plans will be posted on our website and through customer alerts via Twitter and email.
In Vernon Hills, snow was falling fast. Some people tried to get in some shopping before conditions got worse, CBS 2’s Charlie DeMar reports. Snow was also falling steadily in western suburbs, link Glen Ellyn.
The snow is coming down fast in #VernonHills. This man knew the snow was headed his way but wanted to do some holiday shopping before the week started. @cbschicago #ilwx pic.twitter.com/JC5hroggla
Chicago has deployed 211 salt spreaders to clear the main roads and Lake Shore Drive. The city will expand it to about 280 salt spreaders after 8 p.m., according to John Tully, commissioner of Streets and Sanitation. Once the main roads are clear, the city will move to residential streets. The city currently has 360,000 tons of salt stored at 19 locations. Residents can view the snow fleet in real time.
Ahead of the snowfall, O’Hare International Airport has canceled 700 flights. A total of 123 flights were canceled at Midway. “We expect operations to stabilize by tomorrow morning when the snowfall ends,” said Jamie Rhee, the commissioner for the city’s Department Of Aviation.
“We do plan on opening schools as normal tomorrow. We are making special preparations to make sure schools are safe,’ she said at a news conference this evening. “We have been monitoring it for the last 48 hours and believe we have taken the necessary steps so students and teachers can get to school safely.”
The Department of Streets and Sanitation has deployed 211 snow vehicles with salt spreaders focusing on the city’s arterial routes and Lake Shore Drive before transitioning to residential streets as needed.
ComEd has opened its Emergency Operations Center, increased crew staffing and is readying equipment to quickly respond to potential outages. Customers can text OUT to 26633 to report outages and receive restoration information. ComEd encourages the public to call 1-800-334-7661 (or 1-800-955-8237 for Spanish speakers) if they encounter downed power lines.
Cook, DuPage, Will and Grundy counties will be under Blizzard Warnings starting at 6 p.m. The worst conditions are expected to hit these areas this evening.
The Illinois Tollway has deployed 196 snowplows to combat the overnight snowfall, according to a statement on sunday afternoon. Officials advise drivers in need of help on Tollway system to dial *999 from a cellphone for assistance from Illinois State Police District 15.
A total of 400 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
Cook County sent out an alert reminding residents to take caution when driving during the winter storm. The statement recommends storing a safety kit in vehicles along with keeping gas tanks at least half full.
A total of 311 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 121 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
The Coast Guard sent out a statement warning people to stay away from the shores of Lake Michigan during the winter storm. According to the statement, the Lakeshore Flooding Warning is in effect and life threatening waves could be as high as 12 to 18 ft.
A total of 260 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 114 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are still reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials announced they will meet with Chicago Snow Command to update the public on winter weather preparations. This update will come at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
A Blizzard Warning is in effect for parts of north central and northeast Illinois. Some of the counties include Some of the counties include Lake, McHenry, DeKalb, Kane, La Salle and Kendall.
BLIZZARD WARNING for N Illinois. This evening to tomorrow morning. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/F8ZoEW5zZ2
A total of 205 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport and 84 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport. Both airports are reporting average delays around 15 minutes and over.