More than a foot of snow in Chicago possible by Tuesday

Another storm started hitting the Chicago area Sunday evening, and might drop more than a foot of snow by Tuesday.

South of Chicago, the Kankakee and Valparaiso areas are going to get 4 to 8 inches. West of the city, in Ottawa, DeKalb and Elgin, people could see 2 to 5 inches of snow. Areas along the lakefront could end up with a foot of snow by the storm's end.

Lake-effect snow on Monday will bring about 7 to 15 inches at Midway Airport, the weather service said. With more snow likely Tuesday, O’Hare Airport could see a foot.

Meanwhile, the area was under a wind chill advisory until noon Monday, with Valentine’s Day one of the coldest in years.

The high temperature Sunday was 4 degrees, which broke the last coldest high temperature set on Feb. 14 in 1943, when temperatures peaked at 8 degrees.


Temperatures at night could dip as low as minus-7, with wind chills potentially dropping to minus-28, the weather service said.

In those temperatures, frostbite can develop in fewer than 10 minutes, the weather service said.

Two overnight warming centers will remain open until 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. They are:

  • Garfield Community Service Center at 10 S. Kedzie Ave.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center, at 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave.

The Chicago Cultural Center, at 78 E. Washington, is open as a warming center Monday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.