Chicago could see biggest snow of the season as winter storm targets Midwest, Northeast

  • Chicago should pick up at least 6 inches of snow.
  • 13 million people live where a winter storm watch is in effect.
  • The I-95 corridor of the Northeast will again miss out on the snow, as rain is forecast instead.

A winter storm will bring snow to portions of the Plains, Midwest and Northeast this week, likely disrupting travel and closing schools. 

A swath of heavy snowfall is likely across the Midwest into the lower to central Great Lakes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Snowfall accumulations in these areas may range from 6 to 12 inches; some locally higher totals are possible.

Several inches of snow is forecast to coat Chicago and Milwaukee, where significant travel impacts are possible starting Tuesday, the Weather Channel said.

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A city plow helps keep city streets clear of snow on Feb. 7, 2020, in Montpelier, Vt. More snow is forecast this week from the Midwest to norrthern New England.

Chicago has the potential to receive its biggest single snowstorm of the season with this storm, AccuWeather warned, where at least 6 inches is possible, likely more. The Windy City’s biggest snowstorm this winter was Feb. 12-13, when 3.5 inches was reported.

Winter storm watches have been issued for portions of the Midwest ahead of the winter storm, including the Chicago metro area. In all, over 17 million people live where a winter storm watch is in effect. 

Gusty winds will likely produce blowing and drifting snow in the Chicago area on Wednesday, the weather service said.  

Snow will also spread from the Ohio Valley to New England from Wednesday through Thursday. Some of the heaviest snow is likely in northern New England, where up to a foot is possible.

As has been the case for practically the entire winter, the I-95 corridor of the Northeast will again miss out on the snow. Rain is forecast instead. “Areas where it (snowfall) is very unlikely,” AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said, “is where we’ve seen a snow drought all winter: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.”

In the Midwest and interior Northeast, however, lake-effect snow will follow the main storm later in the week.

“Even after the storm is over, another wave of Arctic air will follow and generate lake-effect snow as it rushes across the Great Lakes,” AccuWeather meteorologist Courtney Travis said.

Accumulating snow downwind of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior may linger as late as Saturday before tapering off, AccuWeather said.

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