Pritzker gives update as Illinois prepares for ‘Severe Winter Storm’ – NBC Chicago
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Governor JB Pritzker is expected to provide an update Tuesday afternoon as Illinois prepares for a winter storm system that could bring more than a foot of snow to the Chicago area.
Pritzker issued a disaster declaration on Tuesday, activating the Illinois National Guard, ahead of an expected severe winter storm.
Approximately 130 members of the Illinois National Guard have been activated to ensure state resources are available to combat the heavy snowfall, ice and “blizzard conditions” expected to strike during coming days, according to a statement.
“I authorize a Disaster Proclamation for Winter Storm Landon, effective immediately, to support local government disaster response and recovery operations, if required. I want to assure county officials and locals and to anyone in the storm’s path that my administration will provide resources every step of the way,” Pritzker said.. “On the ground, all state assets are ready to help. I encourage everyone to do what you can to stay safe: listen to local authorities to keep up to date with the latest conditions in your community and make sure your household has the essentials. »
The governor will give the update at 2 p.m. from the IEMA State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield.
The storm that headed into Illinois on Tuesday night could lead to “extremely hazardous” and “life-threatening” travel conditions across the state, officials have warned.
The system is expected to contain periods of heavy snow, rain, ice, high winds and freezing cold, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which could lead to whiteout conditions, making some roads “impassable” .
Although Tuesday started off unusually warm in the Chicago area, temperatures are expected to move into the mid 40s across the region around noon.
That’s when the weather system is expected to arrive, bringing rain showers to the area in the early afternoon.
The showers are expected to continue until air temperatures change the precipitation from rain to snow, at which point heavy snow is expected to begin Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
La Salle, Grundy, DuPage, Kendall, as well as parts of Cook and Will counties will be under a winter storm warning from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service said, as 5 to 11 inches of snowfall should fall. accumulate throughout the territory.
Kane, De Kalb and North Cook counties are also subject to a winter weather advisory from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Kankakee County, along with Indiana’s Lake, Porter, Newton, and Jasper counties, will be under a winter storm warning beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday, and by Wednesday afternoon those areas could see up to 15 inches of snow accumulation. The warning in LaPorte County will begin at midnight.
The heaviest snowfall is likely to occur Wednesday morning, with a snowfall rate of up to 1 inch per hour falling during this time. This will likely cause severe travel problems across the region, according to forecast models, and residents are urged to postpone unnecessary trips.
Another system could closely follow the initial system on Wednesday and Thursday, and if so, another 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall in areas currently under a winter storm warning, which means that in all residents could see between 10 and 20 inches of buildup in less than 48 hours.
For Chicago and surrounding suburbs, more intense snowfall accumulations from the storm are expected to remain to the south, but another threat could emerge Wednesday afternoon as lake-effect snow is possible. If bands of snow form, they could combine with the oncoming weather system to push up accumulations in the area and result in additional advisories or warnings from the National Weather Service.
For those who must travel during the storm, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications has given the following recommendations:
- Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
- Leave enough space between vehicles, when driving
- Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you go
- Let your family and friends know where you’re going
- Keep an emergency kit inside your vehicle
- Give emergency vehicles and plows plenty of room
The snow is expected to clear the area by Thursday evening, and behind this storm system colder air is expected to roll in, pushing temperatures into the low 20s for the remainder of the work week and weekend. .