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Storm that brought 5.2″ to Moline now a nor’easter

Chicago, in the last 10 days of winter, has snow cover this season, and so does Baltimore, thanks to a winter storm that tracked through Illinois over the weekend and became a classic late-winter nor’easter in the northeastern US early Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois, said Christmas morning was the last day O’Hare International Airport in Chicago reported at least an inch of snow on the ground. That length of time without at least an inch of snow on the ground set a winter record in Chicago, WGN-TV reports.

More than a foot of snow was reported in northern Wisconsin, and that low-pressure system from the Midwest joined another off the southeast coast Tuesday morning to form a strong nor’easter, the Weather Service said.

Snow in Boston, Feb 2017 (Patrick Copley / Flickr CC)

About a foot of snow is expected to fall in the Catskills of New York and the Poconos of Pennsylvania, while the fact that the low from the southeast may stay off the coast could turn some of the precipitation to rain in the mid-Atlantic and keep accumulations down a bit from Washington to Baltimore.

But north of that, snowfall could accumulate over a foot just from this storm, and schools in New York City, Boston, Stamford, and Providence have closed for Tuesday, the New York Times reports.

The snow was still enough to close many schools in Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay, with about four or five inches falling and leaving an icy glaze on the roads and making travel hazardous in the Baltimore suburbs, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Back in Illinois, temperatures were expected to remain at or below freezing for a few days after the snow, meaning that the melting process could take a while, WQAD-TV reported. But as temps were expected to be above 40 by Thursday, no schools announced closures in the Quad Cities area near Moline for Tuesday.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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