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Weather Alert: Winter Storm Warning Says 7 to 10 Inches of Snow Could Accumulate Tuesday

An urgent message from the National Weather Service Chicago warns of the what could be the biggest snowstorm of the year.

If you clicked on ths article from Tuesday's newsletter—and if the National Weather Service-Chicago prediction held—you're probably just in from or about to go shoveling your way out of the biggest snowstorm of the season.

A Winter Storm Warning started at 3 a.m. and extends all the way to midnight Tuesday. The National Weather Service says we could get 7 to 10 inches before it's done.

Light snow was expected to start things off, "become more intense toward daybreak" and continue through the evening.

"Accumulation rates of 1 to 2 inches an hour are possible at times, making snow removal difficult and travel extremely dangerous," the NWS says.

Heavy snow is expected to combine with wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph, which will cause blowing and drifting snow in open areas. Expect delays or cancellations at O'Hare and Midway. You can find out more about flight delays through your airline or at this website for O'Hare and this website for Midway.

The NWS suggests travel only for emergencies on Tuesday. "If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency," the NWS says.

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Arthur Dietrich March 04, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Uh, huh. We shall see.
Scott Hamlin March 05, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Why does Batavia and Geneva play the wait game when most everyone else is closed? Is there that much difference in location when Aurora, Kaneland are closed?
Jen Marsh March 05, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I was thinking the same!
Stacy March 05, 2013 at 03:54 AM
The waiting game drives me nuts. They won't close and then we'll all be scrambling and trying to get our kids in a major mess.
Dan March 05, 2013 at 01:39 PM
What snow, the sky is falling, shut the whole school system down. We live in Chicago we have plows Get to school you all live with in 4 miles of a school.A little extra drive time or a loss of your kids education.

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