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Up to 4 more inches of snow could fall Wednesday

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Updated: February 27, 2013 9:45AM



The remnants of the winter storm that dropped a foot of snow near the Wisconsin border — but less than 2 inches in Northwest Indiana — could bring several more inches to the area Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Much like Tuesday’s storm, the highest accumulation will be to the North and Northwest, in Lake and McHenry counties, which could see an additional 4 inches, said Mark Ratzer, a meteorologist for the weather service based in Romeoville.

“The northern suburbs will get the most,” Ratzer said. “But we’ll see some variable intensity (across) the area.”

Will, DuPage and southern Cook counties will see between 1 and 2 inches of snow throughout the day. Snowfall is expected to stop about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service.

Much like Tuesday, there’s a strong chance any accumulation will turn to slushy “heart attack” snow with daily high temperatures expected to climb to 36, well above the freezing point. The predicted low for the day is 29, according to the weather service.

By early Wednesday, about 12 inches of snow had fallen in north suburban Beach Park, the storm’s highest total so far, according to the weather service.

West suburban Downers Grove reported 5 inches, while Schererville, in Northwest Indiana, reported only 1.7 inches.

Airlines canceled more than 510 flights at O’Hare and 170 flights at Midway as of late Tuesday night, according to the Department of Aviation. Delays were averaging 60 to 90 minutes at O’Hare and at least 30 minutes at Midway.

Six state basketball tournament regional games being hosted by Chicago Public Schools were canceled, while many other school systems closed early or canceled after-school activities and evening classes.

The snowfall and warm temperatures made for a slushy Wednesday morning commute.

If the snow tapers off, Chicago’s arterial streets should be mostly clear by the Wednesday morning rush, and plows will begin tackling side streets in the morning. “We’ll work on the main roads until the snow subsides, then turn to the residential streets,” said Streets and Sanitation spokeswoman Anne Sheahan.

The department’s Snow Command full fleet of 284 snowplows hit the streets, while the Illinois Tollway mobilized all of its 182 snowplows and canceled all temporary lane closures through 7 a.m. Thursday.

The Weather Service urged people to take it easy when shoveling the “heart attack” snow: “Due to the weight of the snow, caution should be exercised to not overexert oneself during shoveling,” an advisory stated.

Contributing: LeeAnn Shelton and Brian Soldysko



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