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Chicagoland preparing for wintry blast, up to foot of snow

11 February 2018

A final push of lake-enhanced snow will impact our southeast sections through the afternoon, which could impact the evening commute, too.

Almost 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected.

Now the axis of heaviest snow (4-8 inches and up to 10 inches in some localized areas) is expected to occur generally along and north of an Iowa City to Davenport, and to a Princeton, Illinois. A storm in February 2015, logging in at 16.2 inches, was the last time Chicago had more than 10 inches of snow in a single storm.

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The forecast called for a tapering off of the initial storm Saturday morning, with another winter storm poised to arrive Saturday night, bringing 3 to 5 more inches of snow through Sunday.

"Make no mistake about it: This is a heavy snow, heavier than we have seen in a number of winters", Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CNN Thursday.

The National Weather Service asks residents to monitor forecast updates, check their emergency supplies and consider postponing or altering travel plans.

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More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and more than 300 were canceled at Midway, the Chicago Department of Aviation reported Friday afternoon. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility and very slick roads.

The Illinois Department of Transportation also has deployed about 370 plows in the Chicago area to clear local expressways.

"We will be doing everything we can to prepare for and combat this major winter storm", said Metra CEO/Executive Director Jim Derwinski in the statement. Remember, this map is subject to some adjustment, so be sure to check back often for the latest information. "Honestly it was a workout just getting to the gym", he said.

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Chicagoland preparing for wintry blast, up to foot of snow