Windy City falls under blizzard watch as winter storm revs up
Batten the hatches mid country Lizards, there’s a big blow coming…
Chicago is bracing for a snow storm of historic proportions that was expected to coat the Windy City and large sections of the country’s midsection in a thick blanket of snow.
Forecasters have issued a blizzard watch.
“Combined snow totals from the Monday afternoon through Wednesday may exceed a foot and a half across much of northern Illinois and far northwest Indiana,” the National Weather Service said. “Snowfall rates up to 3 inches per hour will be probable at the height of the storm Tuesday night.”
Some of the coldest air of the season will plummet southward and combine with another storm developing over the southern Plains, according to CNN meteorologist Sean Morris, before moving toward the northeast.
An intense surface low will develop over north Texas and pull abundant warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico into the frigid Arctic air diving southward into the Plains. In addition to blizzard conditions, the storm system is expected to spin off heavy snow, ice storms and tornadoes.