Chicagoans awoke this morning to snow snarling and tangling the morning commute. The National Weather Service, however, has cautioned residents that it will likely get worse throughout Tuesday before it finally gets better. Then, areas near Northwest Indiana could be affected by lake effect snow and get even more piled on top of today’s.
For the Chicago area the snow is expected to increase throughout the morning. Areas in and around Chicago and up as far north as Milwaukee should expect between 3 to 5 inches of snow. Some areas near Lake Michigan could get up to 6 inches. However, once the snowfall stops for the day, the areas in Northwest Indiana could then get lake effect snow that could produce up to 8 inches of snow by the time it stops.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for much of the area. The advisory extends until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Travelers are advised that streets could be very slippery and coated with snow and ice.
Other areas of concern are some major Midwestern airports. Travelers are also advised to call ahead if they have plans to travel out of or into O’Hare International Airport or Midway in Chicago. Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee could also be affected. Delays and cancellations are possible.