Overnight snowfall ties season’s heaviest in unusually mild winter
Sun-Times Media Wire February 22, 2013 10:29AM
A snow removal service clears about 4-inches from the driveway of a home on Drayton Court in Yorkville Friday morning, February 22, 2013 after the largest snowfall of the season. | Steven Buyansky~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 22, 2013 11:12PM
The 2.7 inches of snow that fell overnight in the Chicago area equaled the heaviest snowfall of the season in an unusually dry winter.
The snow, windblown in places, tapered off Friday morning, with no more snow expected until at least Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Most places around the city saw pretty much what forecasters had been predicting — 2 to 3 inches.
The deepest snow fell in Woodstock in McHenry County, Ill., where they were digging out under a soggy blanket of 5 inches, a weather service meteorologist said. Crown Point also got hit hard, with about 4 inches.
In the city, the full fleet of 284 snowplows were out clearing and salting streets, first focusing on main streets and then shifting to residential streets, according to a statement from the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation.
At O’Hare International Airport, more than 270 flights have been canceled because of the weather, according to the city Department of Aviation. More than 30 flights had been canceled at Midway Airport.
The National Weather Service warned that wind gusts of up to 30 mph could “result in wind-whipped snow” and brief whiteout conditions.
The wet snow could also make shoveling sidewalks and driveways harder, the weather service said.
City and state transportation agencies were encouraging motorists to continue to be aware of conditions and be cautious on the roads Friday.
Before this most recent snow dump, the largest snowfall at O’Hare this winter left 2.7 inches of accumulation Feb. 3 and 4.
For the meteorological “winter season,” which begins Dec. 1, Chicago has had 13.6 inches of snow, compared with an average of about 27 inches.
The snow and sleet are expected to change to all rain by Friday afternoon, when the temperature is expected to climb to 36 degrees, according to the weather service.