Chicago to Escape Heavy Snow, But Not the Wind

By , AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
March 19, 2013; 10:16 AM ET
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A snowstorm that will move across the Northeast and Great Lakes into Tuesday will drive strong winds into Chicago, but there will not be significant snow.

AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said a trace of snow could be seen in Chicago. Precipitation in the form of rain and sleet is more likely.

"[It will be] more of a mixed bag of rain, sleet and snow, roads could be icy Monday due to the combination of precipitation and surface temperatures near or just below the freezing mark," he said.

Travelers should be prepared for changing weather conditions and the potential for possible flight delays or cancellations. As of 10:15 a.m. EDT Monday, the Chicago O'Hare International Airport experienced inbound flight delays up to an hour and departing flight delays up to 45 minutes due to low visibility and wind, according to flightaware.com.

Westerly winds ranging between 15 to 30 mph with gusts 40 to 45 mph will sweep into Chicago through midday Tuesday, potentially causing more flight delays.

The same winds that reach Chicago later Monday will cause blizzard conditions across Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas during the day.

Strong winds associated with the storm can be blamed on the jet stream moving overhead of Chicago, according to Anderson. The storm track will set up across the northern part of Lake Michigan, providing windy conditions for Chicago.

More snow this season for Chicago can't be ruled out just yet. Chicago will remain in a colder pattern for the next 10 days, according to Anderson.

"Though I do not see any major snow events during this time, there will no doubt be some more days where there is some snow in the air," he said.

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