Chicago To See Six Inches Of Snow Before More Brutal Cold

Christopher Davidson
January 29, 2019

Extreme cold is expected to cover a much larger area Tuesday through Thursday, sweeping southeast through IL and into the Ohio Valley. Other airlines reported delays averaging an hour. Many locations are predicted to challenge their coldest high temperatures for January 30 on Wednesday, and a number of record lows may be set Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

The Chicago suburb of Palatine saw more than 5 inches (13 centimeters) Monday morning as the storm created slick roadways.

Around Baltimore, lows early Wednesday morning are forecast in the lower 20s, with wind chills in the teens, and temperatures are expected to top out only in the upper 20s Wednesday afternoon.

"Wind chills. should be the coldest since the mid-1990s in parts of the eastern Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and northern IL", tweeted the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center said Monday that a storm system is bringing heavy snow over the Great Lakes on Monday before ushering in bitter cold air into the region. The high on Thusday in Chicago is not expected to top -14 degrees.

Further, the weather service says the Rockford area could get colder than the record low minus 27 on Wednesday.

In Wisconsin, plow drivers were having a hard time keeping up with the snow in Sheboygan.

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"The coldest air will hold for interior parts of the Northeast, where the mercury will drop below zero Wednesday night", Edwards said.

Places as far south as Jackson, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama; and Chattanooga, Tennessee, may see upwards of an inch of snow.

In eastern North Dakota, officials have issued travel alerts because of blowing snow. Expect flurries and flakes to continue through part of Tuesday but the travel conditions should improve by the middle of the day on Tuesday. The Dakotas are grappling with blizzard conditions, the National Weather Service said.

- There is a 60 percent chance for rain showers on Tuesday with a bit of snow possible in the mountains as a cold front swings through the region.

In Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has declared a local snow emergency. The heavy snow should taper off by mid-morning but freezing rain could follow, according to the service.

The weather service predicts 1-3 inches for Baltimore and the surrounding area, and as much as 4 inches to the north.

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