Timeline: Snow system moves out, lake effect moves in

Posted March 15, 2017

Lake effect snow showers typically align themselves in bands and will likely be intense enough to drop 1 to several inches of snow per hour for several hours.

The Lake County Sheriff's Department responded to more than 20 traffic-related calls between 11 p.m. Sunday and early Monday, department spokesman Mark Back said.

Could be significant amounts of snow for the morning commute.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, O'Hare had gotten 4.9 inches of snow in 24 hours, Seeley said. Lake effect bands are expected to begin this evening and continue overnight, peaking at around midnight, according to NWS. In this case, both Milwaukee and Chicago have LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNINGS due to heavy lake effect snow through Tuesday.

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Accumulations of 1 to 1.5 inches of snow fell Monday morning in Crown Point, Dyer, Schererville, Merrillville and Valparaiso, and up to 2.5 inches in Gary and Portage. Lake-effect snow develops when sufficiently cold air blows across the relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, but this usually happens when winds are from the northwest. Travel is highly discouraged, according to the National Weather Service.

Since the first of the year, what rare flurries the city has seen have added up to less than an inch of snow.

The National Weather Service also issued a Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Will County in IL and La Porte County Indiana, including the cities of Michigan City and La Porte. Lake Effect Snow can cause hazardous conditions for Small Craft.