The winter storm is the biggest to hit Chicago on New Year’s Day since 1999. As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 5.8 inches had fallen at O’Hare International Airport. The northern suburbs were hit hardest, with 18 inches reported in Gurnee, 13.8 inches in Riverwoods, 13.7 inches in Mundelein, and 12.9 inches in Beach Park.
CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports the heaviest band of lake effect snow began moving south along the lake late Thursday morning just south of Milwaukee, and arrived in Chicago soon after.
That narrow band of snow will pivot into northwest Indiana after hitting Chicago, and could bring as much as 10 inches of additional snow close to the lake.
In northwest Indiana, Lake and Porter counties were under a lake effect snow warning until midnight Thursday night Chicago time. Jasper and Newton counties were under a lake effect snow advisory, also until midnight Thursday night Chicago time.