SNOW MONSTERS: Monster Lake Effect Snow for Chicago, Monster Winter Storm for East Coast


VIDEO: Snow scenes in Arlington Heights during the height of the Lake Effect Snow about midnight Christmas AND a snow monster sighting in northern Arlington Heights! The Cardinal — wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! and Happy New Year!

A monster of a lake effect snow hit northern Cook County and Lake County Christmas night. The heaviest lake effect snow was up near the Illinois-Wisconsin border with about 10 inches, but Arlington Heights also had a good amount of lake effect snow with just under 6 inches falling.

Snow amounts
Kenosha … 10.3 inches
Beach Park … 9.9 inches
Gurnee … 8.0 inches
Northbrook … 7.1 inches
Lincolnshire-Riverwoods … 7.0 inches
Waukegan … 6.8 inches
Evanston … 6.1 inches
Arlington Heights 5.75 inches
Morton Grove … 4.8 inches
O’Hare International Airport 3.7 inches
Inverness … 3.6 inches
Elk Grove Village 3.1 inches
Stickney … 2.8 inches
Downers Grove … 1.8 inches
Fox Lake … 1.6 inches
Burr Ridge … 1.6 inches
Willowbrook … 1.5 inches
Midway International AIrport … 1.3 inches
Plainfield … 1.0 inches
Peotone … 0.2 inches

Traffic was heavy about 10:30 p.m. for those going home from family Christmas gathering and snow was falling heavy with quarter-mile visibilities with snow falling at a rate of one to three inches per hour.

Three crashes occurred late night in Arlington Heights — a hit-and-run at Rand Road west of Hintz Road just before 10:00 p.m., a crash at Lake Cook and Wilke Road about 10:20 p.m., and a crash at Vail Avenue and Northwest Highway just about 11:10 p.m. All crashes involved injuries. At the hit-and-run crash at Rand west of Hintz Road, one driver fled on foot into the cemetery north of Rand Road. Police had a decent track on the male driver with two K-9 units, but he may have gotten into a car that picked him up on Kennicott just North of Hintz Road. Police called off the search after about one hour.

One car also slid into a ditch off of Palatine Road, just east of Route 53 about 11:20 p.m.

VIDEO: Monster Storm Heads for Mid-Atlantic, Northeast … 20 inches possible in some areas.

A band of frigid weather snaking its way up the East Coast Sunday threatened to bring blizzards and a foot of snow to New York City and New England, while several states to the South made emergency declarations. New York City has a Blizzard Warning Sunday with Winter Storm Warnings covering areas from Georgia to New England. Major airlines canceled many flights.

Before heading heading to the Mid-Atlantic and New England, a monster winter storm dumped several inches of snow on Chapel Hill, North Carolina. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at

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  1. The music, the movie effects of the ‘Snow Monster in Arlington Heights’ are just awesome! :) This video should go for a production. –Best wishes and Happy New Year to my favorite news in AH! …Thanks for the great coverage of all the events that happen in our town.

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