New Year’s Day expected to be a snowy start to 2022
By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 31, 2021) – As the calendar turns to a new year, the Lansing area is forecasted to experience something it hasn’t yet this winter: significant snow accumulation. According to the National Weather Service, the Chicago area — including southern Cook County — is expected to get 5–9 inches of snow on Saturday into Sunday morning. A winter storm warning is in effect for the Chicago area from noon on Saturday through 6 a.m. on Sunday.
According to an Accuweather.com report accessed on Friday afternoon, there is an 86% chance Lansing will have at least two inches of snow on Saturday into Sunday, with a 39% chance that the village will see at least 4 inches of accumulation.
“Northeast winds could gust up to 40 mph Saturday afternoon and evening, especially near the lake,” said a winter weather warning issued by the National Weather Service.
The weather is likely to impact travel conditions, especially as wind and potential freezing rain affect visibility and road conditions.
According to Accuweather.com, temperatures will hover around 32 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday afternoon, which may result in icy conditions. Sunday temperatures are expected to drop drastically throughout the day, with windchills potentially falling below zero degrees, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
IDOT suggests the following for those who must drive on Saturday and Sunday:
- Take it slow, especially when approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shaded areas that are prone to icing.
- Make sure your gas tank is full.
- Keep a cell phone, warm clothes, blankets, food, water, a first-aid kit, washer fluid, and an ice scraper in your vehicle.
- Check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your route and schedule.
- Carry a cellphone and dial *999 in the Chicago area for assistance in case of emergency.
- If you are involved in a crash or break down, remain inside your vehicle, which is your safest form of shelter. Exiting your vehicle into live traffic can have fatal consequences.
- Always wear a seat belt, whether you’re sitting in the front seat or back seat. It’s the law.
Up-to-date information on weather conditions can be found at weather.com, accuweather.com, and other sources. Conditions on major road conditions throughout Illinois can be accessed at gettingaroundillinois.com.