Chicago Weather Radar: Light lake effect snow forecast Thursday as area breaks away from blizzard with totals above 10 inches

CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago is emerging from a major snowstorm on Thursday, with some seeing additional lake-effect snow on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a strong winter storm system dropped more than a foot of snow in parts of Chicago’s southern suburbs and northwestern Indiana.

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Snow totals over 2 days:

Mokena – 14.3 inches
Chesterton – 14 inches
Valparaiso – 13.5 inches
Kankakee – 13 inches
South Harbor -13.5 inches
St. John – 13 inches
Minooka – 12.6 inches
Cedar Lake – 12.5 inches
Dye – 11 inches
Morocco – 11 inches
Midway Airport – 11 inches

Midlothian – 10.8 inches
Coal City – 10.5 inches
Oak lawn – 10.5 inches
Joliet – 10.2 inches
Lynwood – 10 inches
Braided wood – 10 inches
Lakeview (Chicago) – 7.8 inches
Aurora North – 5 inches

People in Joliet were digging Thursday, and many of them were surprised by the amount of snow that covered the area.

“We saw a few, but this one, we didn’t expect it to be that big,” said resident Leon Shaw. “But it’s here and we’re making the most of it.”

In the southern suburb of Peotone, Wilmington Road was closed between US 45 and 120th Avenue. Chopper 7HD flew over the scene with at least a dozen cars stuck in the snow. The road was open again at 11 a.m.

Cars stuck in the snow in Peotone

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Meanwhile, the Chicago area continues to deepen after Wednesday’s snowstorm, with many side streets packed with snow.

Eddie Guillen and the other volunteers from his West Lawn Snow Angels had their work cut out for them as they hoped to help the Southwest neighborhood dig in.

“As the weather drops, we want to make sure they have a place to walk,” Guillen said. “It’s snowing, it’s cold. We really want to help them and be of service in whatever we can do to help the community.”

The city plows eventually took the side streets of the neighborhood after first clearing and salting the main thoroughfares. The remnants of the severe winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snow in some places are everywhere.

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David Dailey’s car was stuck there for 15 minutes on his way to work at the intersection of Pine Grove Avenue and Grace Street in the Lakeview neighborhood. He was just taking a turn.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Dailey said. “I wish they were plowing and I know we had rain before snow and sometimes it’s a little harder to salt, but the last two times we’ve had snow it seems like they weren’t really at the top.”

In the 13th Precinct, which is just south of Midway Airport, Alderman Marty Quinn was out with some volunteers clearing snow. It’s part of a program he started about 10 years ago.
So far, almost every household in her neighborhood has asked for help.

“That’s what’s good about Chicago,” Quinn said. “Chicagoans look out for each other.”

“So in partnership with the alderman’s office, we’re able to come together and do so much more,” said State Representative Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, D-22nd District. “The list is about 600 people.”

Meanwhile, Chicago’s winter is in full swing – and so is Windy City’s tradition of “dibs.”

“I don’t know him too well because I’m not from Chicago,” said Luis Rizo. “I moved here from Miami so…I lived in New Jersey when I was younger so I know what to put up with…I get it.”

Some residential streets have been littered with all sorts of objects ranging from chairs to crates and buckets to a child’s bicycle – all in an effort to claim a parking space – often spending hours cleaning up.

“Do I do it? Yeah, but we do it because it’s a lot of work!” Bridgeport resident Donna Codina said.

At city airports, 537 flights were canceled at O’Hare, with an additional 116 flight cancellations at Midway as of 12:02 p.m.

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