Wireless Emergency Alert for Mobile Devices Alerts Snow Squall Lines with Low Visibility and Gusty Winds

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Snow Squall on radar February 18, 2022 about 9:26 p.m. CT (SOURCE: NWS Chicago)
Snow Squall on radar February 18, 2022 about 9:26 p.m. CT (SOURCE: NWS Chicago).

The National Weather Service pushed a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) for mobile devices for many customers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Arlington Heights wireless subscribers received an alert about 9:32 p.m.

Snow squall (line of heavy snow showers with very gusty winds) headed east-southeast producing very low visibility, rapid accumulation, and dangerous travel. Snow Squall Warning in effect ahead of this. NWS Chicago said, “strongly consider postponing travel until after 11-11:30 p.m.”

Weather Radar shows two fast moving bands or squall lines moving northwest to southeast. According to radar the trailing edge of the second band will pass Arlington Heights by 10:15 p.m.

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Snow Squall Warning Arlington Heights, Illinois Friday, February 18, 2022 YouTube Tips ⓘ

Snow Squall Warning SNOW SQUALL WARNING NWS CHICAGO IL 930 PM CST FRI FEB 18 2022

ILC031-037-043-089-093-097-099-103-111-141-190430- /O.NEW.KLOT.SQ.W.0004.220219T0330Z-220219T0430Z/ 930 PM CST FRI FEB 18 2022 Cook County-De Kalb County-DuPage County-Kane County-Kendall County-Lake County-La Salle County-Lee County-McHenry County-Ogle County-

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a

* Snow Squall Warning for… Northwestern Kendall County in northeastern Illinois… Lake County in northeastern Illinois… Northwestern La Salle County in north central Illinois… Lee County in north central Illinois… Southeastern Ogle County in north central Illinois… De Kalb County in north central Illinois… Kane County in northeastern Illinois… Southern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… Northwestern DuPage County in northeastern Illinois… Northwestern Cook County in northeastern Illinois…

* Until 1030 PM CST.

* At 930 PM CST, a dangerous snow squall was located along a line extending from 7 miles east of Kenosha to near Sycamore to Prophetstown, moving southeast at 25 mph.

HAZARD…Extremely poor visibility in heavy snow and blowing snow. Wind gusts greater than 30 mph.

SOURCE…Radar and webcams.

IMPACT…Dangerous life-threatening travel.

Including the following interstates… I-39 between mile markers 73 and 107. I-88 between mile markers 45 and 118. I-90 between mile markers 33 and 74. I-94 between mile markers 1 and 31. I-290 between mile markers 1 and 6. I-294 between mile markers 1 and 31.

Locations impacted include… Aurora, Elgin, Waukegan, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, DeKalb, Buffalo Grove, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Streamwood, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Carpentersville, Wheeling and Addison.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Reduce your speed and turn on headlights! During snow squalls, the visibility may suddenly drop to near zero in whiteout conditions.

Serious injuries and deaths may result from people exiting their vehicles during a snow squall. Drivers may not be able to see you or to stop! If stopped on the roadway or involved in an accident, quickly exit your vehicle move as far away from the roadway as possible ONLY when it is safe to do so. Do not stand along or near the roadway, since approaching vehicles may be unable to maintain control.

 O’HARE FORECAST … 

Tonight: Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -9. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Saturday: Patchy blowing snow before 9am. Sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -10. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 22 by 5am. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Washington’s Birthday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.

Monday Night: Rain. Low around 32. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Tuesday: Rain likely before 5pm, then a chance of snow and freezing rain. Cloudy, with a high near 38.

Tuesday Night: A slight chance of snow before midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27.

Wednesday Night: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.

Thursday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26.

Thursday Night: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 17.

Friday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

 LAKE TEMPS … 

SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL
910 AM CST Fri Feb 18 2022

LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES…

CHICAGO SHORE………32.

CHICAGO CRIB……….34.

MICHIGAN CITY……….33.

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M IS FOR MISSING DATA THAT IS NORMALLY AVAILABLE.

THE MICHIGAN CITY WATER TEMPERATURE SENSOR IS LOCATED AT A WATER
INTAKE ONE MILE OFFSHORE AND 60 FEET BELOW WATER SURFACE. IT IS READ
EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

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