Chicago weather forecast calls for several inches of snow; Winter Storm Warning in Illinois today, Blizzard Warning in NW Indiana

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Chicago (WLS) — A winter blizzard is moving into the Chicago area on Thursday, with several inches of snow expected along with high winds and dangerously cold temperatures.

announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency winter storm warning The entire Chicago area and northwestern Indiana.

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The warning is in effect from 9am Thursday to 6am Saturday in DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, Livingston and McHenry counties. For the rest of the Chicago area, the alert will be in effect Thursday at noon through Saturday at 6:00 AM, and for the Northwest Indiana area, the alert will begin at 3:00 PM.

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ABC7 Chicago meteorologist Tracy Butler says the storm could start moving to the western suburbs by 9 a.m., snow could be seen in the city by noon, and snow could be seen in northwestern Indiana by 3 p.m. said to be sexual.

Butler said the storm is expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow, with northwestern Indiana likely to see much more. Thursday he could snow an inch faster in an hour.

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One of the main hazards is a blizzard caused by strong winds. Butler said gusts of up to 50 mph can occur.

A blizzard warning is in effect for Porter County, Indiana from 3:00 p.m. Thursday through 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Gov. Eric Holcomb has mobilized about 150 members of the National Guard to help stranded drivers as officials in Indiana and Illinois urge people to stay off the road.

Butler said temperatures could drop sharply on Thursday, with wind chill likely well below freezing by early Friday morning.

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In Chicago, Street Sanitation Commissioner Cole Stallard said 287 snowplows were ready Thursday morning.

“Get off the road if you can. Make sure you have enough fuel in your car,” Stallard said. “Make sure you have plenty of wiper fluid. There’s a clean street in front of you and two blocks up it’s like a blizzard.”

Cook County, meanwhile, says it’s ready for snow.

60 snowplows are both plowing and plowing the roads. Cook County also has about 65 drivers and 16,000 tons of salt available.

Metra will run on a more limited schedule due to the weather, but will have extra manpower to fight the elements.

The CTA said trains and buses would operate as normal on Thursday and Friday, but warned that weather could cause delays. increase.

ComEd prepares for blackouts

ComEd said it has personnel and equipment in place to respond quickly to potential power outages.

ComEd President and COO Terence Donnelly said: “We recognize that disruptions, especially during holidays, are inconvenient for our customers. It is important to avoid power outages and quickly restore service. Over the years, we have strengthened our systems to mitigate the effects of

They said they will have more than 1,800 utility workers in the system, including 350 line workers across the country, to respond to potential blackouts.

ComEd customers can report outages and receive recovery information by texting 26633 (COMED). You can also follow ComEd on Twitter or Facebook. Customers can also call 1-800 EDISON1 (1-800-334-7661), report an outage via her website at, or use the ComEd app.

ComEd warns people to stay away from downed power lines.

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Hundreds of flights canceled:

Hundreds of flights were canceled at O’Hare and Midway airports on Thursday.

As of 8am, 424 flights have been canceled at O’Hare and 168 at Midway.

Blizzard conditions are expected across the Plains and Midwest to East Coast, with high winds and sharp drops in temperature expected.

Delays and cancellations only add to the chaos at an airport full of vacationers.

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During the year-end and New Year holidays, there is a lot of movement by car, and the roads are congested.

Storm forced closure of schools and attractions

Christkindlmarket closes early due to storm. The downtown Chicago and Aurora locations have reduced hours and close at 4 p.m. Thursdays, while the Wrigleyville Market is closed all day Thursday. All three markets are closed on Fridays.

Due to expected high winds and frigid temperatures, the Lincoln Park Zoo will be closed on Friday and zoo lighting will be cancelled. If you have tickets to ZooLights on December 23rd, please email us for details.

The Adler Planetarium has announced it will be closed Friday and Saturday in anticipation of the storm. Sunday was supposed to be a day off.

Chicago public schools are scheduled to open on Thursday, but after-school activities will be canceled. Friday was already a scheduled holiday.

Click here to see the full list of school closures

What are the criteria for blizzards?

The following conditions must persist for at least 3 hours for a blizzard warning to be issued:

– Storms require sustained winds over 35 mph or frequent gusts

– Snowfall and/or blizzards reduce visibility to less than a quarter mile

Stay tuned to ABC7 Eyewitness News and for the latest forecasts and snowfall figures as winter storms approach.

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