A snowstorm moving into the Chicago area just in time for New Year’s Eve could cover us with 3 or more inches of snow, forecasters said.
“There might be slightly lesser amounts in the southern suburbs, but generally speaking, pretty much the metro area is going to end up with 3-5 inches,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Gino Izzi said.
Between half and a full inch of snow is already on the ground from late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the weather service said.
Flakes will fall again Tuesday evening — possibly in time for the evening commute — and continue through Wednesday morning, the peak period when holiday revelers are venturing outside.
Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads, limited visibility and difficult travel, the weather service said.
A winter weather advisory will go into effect at 4 p.m. Tuesday and continue through 10 a.m. Wednesday for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties, as well as areas around Rockford and DeKalb.
New Year’s Eve won’t be much warmer, with highs only reaching 14-18 degrees. Wind chills as low as minus-10 are possible again Tuesday night as the snow starts to fall.
New Year’s Day will see highs in the lower 20s and lows between 16-20 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of precipitation, the weather service said.
Though Tuesday’s storm will be a fairly “run-of-the-mill” snowstorm by Chicago standards, drivers should double-check that they have emergency supplies in their vehicles.
Motorists should make sure gas tanks are full, and stock vehicles with a flashlight, gloves, other warm clothes, shovel and a candle for warmth.
“Anytime you’re driving in the winter, especially in outlying areas, you should always have a winter survival kit in the car,” Izzi said.