It started as wind-driven ice pellets and freezing rain late Tuesday morning across many sections of the metro area. But by lunchtime, the area's second winter storm in less than a week was in full swing.
Howling northeast winds gusting over 40 mph, in combo with a snow-induced plunge in visibilities, were but the first stage in what was to become a nightmarish afternoon and evening travel situation for many---particularly over the northern half of the Chicago area where snow fell with particular vigor over the most extended period of time.
The whiteout conditions which resulted proved treacherous and led to scores of accidents while rendering a number of roads all but impassible across sections of Lake, McHenry, and Boone counties in Illinois and Walworth and Kenosha counties in Wisconsin.
February's 14.3" accounts for 80% of this season’s snow
The 4.2 inches of snow which fell through the late evening hours Tuesday at O'Hare sent February snowfall numbers soaring. It pushed Chicago's February monthly tally to 14.3". That tally was enough to push February 2013 into Chicago's Top 20 snow-producers in February.
The updated February tally (14.3") accounts for 80 percent of all of the snow which has fallen over all of the current snow season.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times