Monday, May 20, 2013
Large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are all possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Serious storms may be headed our way, warns the National Weather Service. The storm system that dropped large hail and tornadoes on parts of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma is now headed toward Illinois. The National Weather Service has placed most of Illinois—including Cook County—in the "slight risk" category for severe weather on Monday and Tuesday. The main threats on both days consist of damaging winds and large hail. The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center noted in its technical discussions that isolated tornadoes are also possible on Monday and Tuesday. "The most violent storms will ignite during the afternoon and evening hours as daytime heating causes instability," Accuweather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans wrote in her…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Several area schools have announced closings for Tuesday, March 5. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.
Updated, March 5, 9 a.m. Several area schools have already announced plans to close Tuesday ahead of what could be the year's largest snowfall. Oak Forest High School, along with the rest of Bremen High School District 228, announced it will be closed. Student recognition night, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. March 5, will be rescheduled. Southwest Coop for Special Education will also be closed. District 144 schools are also closed. Arbor Park School District 145 schools are closed as well. District 146 is also closed, as is St. Damian. All before and after school activities in Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142 are canceled. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning that is in effect from 3 a.m. to …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Up to eight inches may fall in some areas Monday night and Tuesday throughout the day.
Light snow Monday may develop into heavier snowfall throughout the night and all day Tuesday, according to a warning from the National Weather Service. Accumulation rates of up to 1.5 inches an hour may lead to an estimated 4 to 8 inches of snow. Check out this post on how to prevent a heart attack while you're shoveling snow tomorrow. You can track the storm as it approaches the Chicago area using our live weather map. Just type in your zipcode or town to get a view of your neighborhood. Have to drive? Check out list of 10 things to keep in your car during the winter.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The National Weather Service’s early morning freezing rain alert has evolved into warnings of a potential snowstorm this evening.
What began as freezing rain this morning may develop into snow showers later tonight. The National Weather Service issued a weather alert, warning of 1 to 4 inches of snow between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., with northern Cook County seeing the heaviest accumulation. The advisory will last until midnight. The rain is expected to turn to snow beginning around 5 or 6 p.m.—"in time for the evening rush," the weather service said in the advisory. The heavy snowfall could reduce visibility to under a mile, the service warns. Drivers are also urged to use caution while driving in snowy weather, as road conditions are likely to become hazardous.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sleet hitting the frozen ground could create iced-over roads and walks, and ice accumulation could break tree limbs and down power lines, the forecast says.
Saturday, January 26
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm alert for sleet and ice that will begin falling Sunday morning and not let up till late Sunday night. The good news is that warming temperatures will convert the freezing condensation to rain overnight, and thus shouldn't endanger people driving to work Monday, according to the forecast issued at 10:30 a.m. today. However, before that happens, the potential for "significant" ice accumulations will make driving conditions difficult and present the potential for breaking tree limbs and downed power lines, the forecast said. "Pavement and soil temperatures are below freezing so any liquid precipitation will likely freeze on contace and result in very icy and dangerous travele conditions …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Bring it, winter! The City of Oak Forest is prepared, with two nearby warming centers for residents. Oak Forest is ready to help residents through a cold snap.
Oak Forest residents needing help and a warm place during winter's coming blast of bitter cold have nearby options. A cold snap bringing with it wind chills of -15 to -25 degrees could endanger residents who haven't taken proper precaution, warns theNational Weather Service. The city is doing its part in keeping residents safe. Oak Forest residents in need of shelter can visit one of two Bremen Township warming centers, located at 15350 S. Oak Park (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), or 16361 S. Kedzie Parkway (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Residents are encouraged to call ahead to be certain centers are open. The National Weather Service cautions residents to dress properly for the weather, including coats, hats and …
Wind chills could plummet to 15 to 25 degrees below zero, the National Weather Service warns. NWS issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Cook and Will counties from 6 p.m. Jan. 21 to 10 a.m. Jan. 22.
Residents in Cook and Will counties, bundle up or hunker down Monday and overnight, as the National Weather Service warns of wind chills that could hit 15 to 25 degrees below zero. The advisory is in place from 6 p.m. Jan. 21 until 10 a.m. Jan. 22. The National Weather Service cautions residents to dress properly for the weather, including coats, hats and gloves. The extreme wind chills could result in hypothermia or frostbite if proper precautions are not taken. Want more news delivered directly to your inbox every morning? Then sign up for Patch's daily newsletter.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued two alerts for the Chicago metropolitan area, as powerful storm systems make the way across the United States.
Don't let the rain fool you. Drizzle is expected to turn to snow beginning around 3 p.m. today across the North Side of Chicago and throughout the city's metropolitan area. The National Weather Service has issued both a winter storm warning and hazardous weather outlook for the area; the first in effect until 3 a.m. The most intense snowfall is expected between 5 and 9 p.m. Conditions are thanks to a powerful system moving across the central United States, which continues to bring "significant, widespread impacts in the form of blizzard conditions, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and fire …" The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation said it already has 285,000 tons of salt ready for Thursday's big storm, ABC Chicago reports. …
Monday, December 17, 2012
A storm system could dump 6 to 12 inches of snow on the Midwest this Thursday.
It's time to get those shovels ready. Chicago's snow-less streak is expected to end Thursday with a storm that could drop six to 12 inches of snow on the Midwest, according to the Chicago Tribune. It's unclear at this point which areas will see the most snow but "current models suggest the heaviest snowfall will land to the west of Chicago, from northern Missouri through eastern Iowa, up into Wisconsin," according to the Tribune. The snow has been a long-time coming this winter season. On Sunday, Chicago surpassed the record for latest first measurable snowfall, according to the National Weather Service. The old record was set on Dec. 16, 1965. —by Amie Schaenzer
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Chicago Tribune reports that if there is no more than 0.1 of an inch Monday, a new record will be set for days between snows.
The Chicago area could set a new winter record Monday. According to a story from the Chicago Tribune, if the area does not receive more than 0.1 of an inch of snow Monday, we’ll set a record for the number of days between measurable snowfalls—280. A measurable snowfall is more than 0.1 of an inch, the Trib reports. The National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of snow showers and a chance for flurries with a high of 35 degrees for Monday. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm later in the week with predicted highs in the mid-40s, according to the NWS. This season’s lack of snow coupled with last winter’s below average snow total is not helping with the drought conditions the area has experienced this year, the Trib …