The first significant snowfall of Winter 2012 has started:
The National Weather Service says:
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM CST /10 AM
EST/ THIS MORNING TO 9 AM CST /10 AM EST/ FRIDAY.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON AND CONTINUE
INTO FRIDAY MORNING.
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 100 TO 200 MM ARE LIKELY WITH
LOCALLY HEAVIER TOTALS POSSIBLE.
* HAZARDS...IN ADDITION TO THE FALLING SNOW...WINDS WILL INCREASE
TO 25 TO 40 KM/H WITH GUSTS UP TO 55 KM/H BY AFTERNOON RESULTING
IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW...ESPECIALLY IN OUTLYING AND OPEN
AREAS. WIND CHILLS ARE ALSO FORECAST TO DROP TO -17°C TO -24°C
BY FRIDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS...ACCUMULATING SNOW AND REDUCED VISIBILITIES WILL LIKELY
MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT FOR THE AFTERNOON COMMUTE TODAY...WITH
TRAVEL CONDITIONS BECOMING TREACHEROUS AND EVEN DANGEROUS IN
OPEN AREAS TONIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.
As bad as that sounds, the NWS also predicts it'll be gone by Monday.
Hey, it's Chicago in January, and yesterday it hit 12°C. One or two days of snowfall is no big deal.
More photos as the snow accumulates...