Winter storm blankets Chicago area

By Xu Jing

CHICAGO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Starting from Monday evening, a winter storm hit the Chicago area.

By 9 a.m. local time Tuesday, snow totals in some parts of the Chicago area had come close to 8 inches.

A winter storm warning is in effect until 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported on Tuesday.

"The going forecast for greater Chicago was roughly 5 to 8 inches. It still kind of remains to be seen how much more we'll get. Throughout the rest of the day, we could reasonably expect another 2 to 4 inches on top of what's already there. I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the day we hit 8 inches," Lee Carlaw, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville, the forecast office for most of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana, was quoted as saying.

Chicago has experienced an uncommonly dry and warm November and half December entering this winter, the fourth warmest on record, with above average temperatures and below average precipitation.

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