Lake-Effect Snow Hits Chicago Area Before Extreme Cold Returns

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A band of heavy lake-effect snowfall hit the Chicago area late Monday and is continuing to create big headaches for commuters in northwest Indiana on Tuesday morning.

Through 6 a.m. Tuesday, 7.2 inches of snowfall was reported at Midway Airport, while 5.9 inches were reported at O’Hare, according to the Chicago Weather Center blog.

The lake-effect snow plus winds gusting above 30 mph were creating dangerous whiteout conditions in northwest Indiana, particularly on 80/94, and Lake County, Ind. remains under a lake effect snow warning through noon. LaPorte County is under the same warning until 8 p.m., NBC Chicago reports.

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