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January 4-5 snow reports plus dangerous, potentially historic cold on the way

Forecast wind chills by Monday morning.
Forecast wind chills by Monday morning.
(Weather Bell)

The second winter storm in less than a week is slamming the Chicago area. Snow amounts of 6-10 inches has fallen over the Chicago area so far this afternoon. Hardest hit are the southern sections including NW Indiana. Below are a list of snow totals as of noon CST.

10.0" Park Ridge

10.0" Morocco

9.1" Joliet

9.0" O'Hare Airport

8.4" Romeoville

8.2" Elburn

7.7" Homewood

7.5" Morris

7.3" Yorkville

7.2" Downers Grove

7.1" Kankakee

7.0" Leonore

6.9" Midway Airport

6.3" Pontiac

6.1" Crest Hill

Another additional accumulation of 2-4 inches are possible through this afternoon especially across the southeastern sections of the area. Locally higher amounts could fall over northwest Indiana where lake enhancement is likely. In addition to the snowfall, gusty winds are making conditions very treacherous this afternoon over the region with blowing and drifting snow causing near whiteout conditions.

The other major weather headline is the brutal cold airmass on the way later this afternoon and evening. It is predicted to be the coldest airmass in nearly 20 years. Temperatures are expected to dip below zero by midnight and not rise above zero until Tuesday afternoon. Wind chills during this time frame will range as low as 50 degrees below zero.

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